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NASS Names Principal Officers (See Lists)



Senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, Bamidele Opeyemi, has emerged as Majority Leader of the 10th Senate.

Also, Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District, Ali Ndume was announced as Chief Whip.

Both emerged on Tuesday after a close-door meeting presided by Senate President Godswill Akpabío.

Other principal officers who emerged as announced by the Senate President are Senate Deputy Leader, Dave Umahi, representing Ebonyi South Senatorial District, Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Lola Ashiru, representing Kwara South Senatorial District.

While Senators Mwadkwon Simon Davou (PDP Plateau North) emerged as Minority Leader; Oyewumi Kamorudeen Olarere (PDP Osun West), Deputy Minority Leader, Darlington Nwokeocha (LP Abia Central), Minority Whip and Rufai Hanga (NNPP Kano Central) who emerged as the new Deputy Minority Whip.

In the green chamber, Kingsley Chinda has emerged as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.

Chinda and other principal officers of the House of Representatives were announced on Tuesday by the Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas at the resumption of plenary.

Also Julius Ihonvbere emerged as the Majority Leader of the House, Abdullahi Halims representing Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro of Kogi State is the new deputy majority leader.

Mr Chinda is to be deputized by Ali Madaki of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

Other principal officers include Bello representing the Akko federal constituency of Gombe as the Chief Whip; and Adewunmi Onanuga, representing Ikenne/Sagamu/Remo North federal constituency in Ogun State as the Deputy Chief Whip.

Ali Isa of the PDP also emerged as Minority Whip and George Ebizimawo of the Labour Party emerged as Deputy Minority Whip of the House.

The announcement of all the principal officers has put paid to fears that there may be a crisis as a result of a conflict of interest between lawmakers who are close to the villa and those who are contesting on their own.

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