Senate, Reps principal officers finally emerge/

The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on Tuesday announced the principal officers for the ninth Senate.

The announcement was made when he read out separate letters from the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at plenary.

The letters from the chairmen of both parties stated that the new principal officers for majority and minority positions were unanimously nominated.

Yahaya Abdullahi (APC, Kebbi) was named Senate Leader and Ajayi Borrofice (APC, Ondo) was named the Senate Deputy Leader.

Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, is the new Chief Whip and,  Senator Abdullahi Sabi (APC, Niger) is the Deputy Chief Whip.

The senator representing Abia Central, Enyinnaya Abaribe, is the Minority Leader while Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP, Taraba) is the Deputy Minority Leader.

The FCT senator, Philip Aduda, retains his position as Minority Whip and Sahabi Yau (PDP, Zamfara) is the Deputy Minority Whip.

Meanwhile, Al-Hassan Doguwa, who represents Doguwa/Tundun Wada Federal Constituency, Kano State, has been named the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.

The National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, said this on Monday when Deputy Governor of Kano State, Nasiru Gawuna, led a delegation to pay him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

Oshiomhole, who described politics as a game of numbers, said the ruling party adopted Mr Doguwa as majority leader of the House because Kano State has delivered the highest votes for the party during the last general elections.

His words, “To whom much is given, much is expected, Kano has given us a lot as a party, has given a lot to our President and we must therefore reciprocate.

“This is a fact that nobody can wish away, it cannot be over-emphasised by those numbers because politics is a game of numbers. It is those numbers that made us win the Presidency.

“Without that numbers, we won’t be in the office. Incidentally, I reflect between the President’s vote and the first runner up, Atiku. It is about 3.8 million. If you delete Kano votes from that, the votes will come down,” the party’s chairman said.

According to him, no one can downplay the value of the support this party enjoys from the good people of Kano State.

“As a national party, we do have obligations to try to reflect and ensure that the six geopolitical zones are well represented. In doing so, we recognise that if we are not in power, we will not be able to talk of representation.

“So, we cannot, even in doing that, downplay the role of numbers and so, it is based on this that we are having regards to sacrifices that other people have made,” he said.

 


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