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Akpabio emerges senate minority leader

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[caption id="attachment_500" align="alignnone" width="650"]Senator Godswill Akpabio (PDP)[/caption]

Senator Godswill Akpabio of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP Akwa Ibom northwest), has emerged the minority‎ leader of the senate. 

Akpabio, a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State was nominated by the south-south caucus of the PDP in the senate. 

His nomination, however, is against the standing rules of the senate, which exempts first-term senators from holding principal positions.

Last Wednesday, Gabriel Kolawole, justice of the federal high court, Abuja rejected an‎ application seeking to stop Bukola Saraki, senate president, from the naming Akpabio as minority leader of the senate. ‎

Alaye Pedro and Okechukwu Ibeh, both members of PDP, had filed an ex parte application challenging the party’s choice of Akpabio as senate minority leader. They contended that the ‎possible emergence of Akpabio as senate minority leader would breach the senate standing orders exempting first-term senators from holding such a position. But the court struck out their application, paving way for Akpabio’s nomination on Monday.

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The PDP, which lost the majority seat in the senate to the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the March general election,‎ had zoned the position of senate minority leader to the south-south.

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