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Women missing as Senate presents principal officers

Names of women were conspicuously missing in the list of principal officers the Senate released to the nation on Tuesday [today].

More troubling is the decline in the number of female lawmakers in the 10th National Assembly where, out of the 469 members, only 18 are women — three made it to the Senate and 15 in the House of Representatives

The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, on Tuesday, during the House plenary announced the names of eight lawmakers as Senate majority and minority leaders for the 10th Senate.

The majority leaders, who are four in number, emerged from the ruling All Progressives Congress, while the minority leaders emerged from various opposition parties.

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Below is the list of the principal officers for the tenth Senate:

Majority leaders

  • Opeyemi Bamidele – Senate Majority Leader (Ekiti Central, APC)
  • Dave Umahi – Deputy Majority Leader (Ebonyi South, APC)
  • Ali Ndume – Chief Whip (Borno South, APC)
  • Lola Ashiru – Deputy Whip (Kwara South, APC)
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Minority leaders

  • Mwadkwon Davou – Senate Minority Leader (Plateau North, PDP)
  • Kamorudeen Olarere – Deputy Minority Leader (Osun West, PDP)
  • Darlington Nwokeocha – Senate Minority Whip (Abia Central, LP)
  • Rufai Hanga – Deputy Minority Whip ( Kano Central, NNPP).
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