Senate names Ashiru new Deputy Leader, Nwebonyi Deputy Whip 

By Benjamin Arida://

In a minor reshuffle in the Senate leadership on Wednesday, the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, announced Senator Lola Yisa Ashiru (APC Kwara South) as the new Deputy Leader of the Red Chamber.

Akpabio also named Senator Peter Onyekachi Nwebonyi (APC Ebonyi North) as the Deputy Whip.

Senator Ashiru replaced former Ebonyi State governor, Senator David Umahi, who briefly served as the Deputy Leader of the 10th Senate, before he was appointed as the Minister of Works by President Bola Tinubu.

Also, Senator Nwebonyi took over from Senator Ashiru, who is a ranking member of the upper legislative chamber, having served in the Ninth Assembly.

On the other hand, Senator Nwebonyi, who is a first timer in the Senate, is the Deputy Chairman, Public Accounts Committee as well as a member of a number of other Standing Committees of the Red Chamber.

The Senate President had on July 4 announced the principal officers, which included Senators Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central) as the Leader, David Umahi -Deputy Leader (APC Ebonyi Central), Ali Ndume -Chief Whip (APC Borno South) and Lola Ashiru (APC Kwara South) as the Deputy Whip.

Also unveiled the same day were Senators Favour Mwadkwon (PDP Plateau North) as the Minority Leader, Kamorudeen Olalere (PDP Osun West) -Deputy Minority Leader, Darlington Nwokeocha (LP Abia Central) -Senate Minority Whip and Rufai Hanga (NNPP Kano Central) as the Deputy Minority Whip.


A journalist by profession and I have been in active practice for so many years. A graduate of Political Science from University of Abuja. Maried with four children.

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