Senators Dispute Akpabio’s Selection of Senate Minority Leaders, Sparking Uproar

A tumultuous session unfolded in the Senate on Tuesday following Senate President Godswill Akpabio’s announcement of two minority leaders. The vacancies for Senate Minority Leader and Minority Whip arose after the Court of Appeal removed the former occupants, Senator Simon Davou Mwadkwon (PDP, Plateau North), and Darlington Nwokocha (LP, Abia Central), respectively. PDP senators had previously chosen the North Central geo-political zone for the Minority Leader position. However, Akpabio declared Abba Moro (PDP, Benue South) as minority leader and Osita Ngwu (PDP, Enugu West) as minority whip. Senators from the Labour Party, particularly Okechukwu Ezea (LP, Enugu North), objected to their party’s exclusion from the minority leadership, leading to a rowdy session. Akpabio defended his announcement, stating that he followed the majority support within the opposition caucus.