OrderPaperToday – The Senate has announced Senator Danjuma La’ah as the new Deputy Minority Whip.
The development follows the defection of Ibrahim Abdullahi Danbaba, representing Sokoto South Senatorial District from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This announcement was contained in a letter signed by the National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, and addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read at the beginning of Wednesday’s plenary.
Anyanwu explained that the nomination of Kaduna South Senator, La’ah was against the background of the recent defection of the former Minority Whip.
The letter reads “We wish to affirm the nomination of Senator Danjuma La’ah (Kaduna South) by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Caucus, to fill the vacant seat of the Senate Minority Whip.
The nomination of Senator Danjuma La’ah follows after the defection of Senator Ibrahim Danbaba (Sokoto South), the former PDP Deputy Whip to APC.
Please, kindly accord Senator Danjuma La’ah all necessary cooperation and do also accept the assurance of my esteemed regards.”
Coming under Senate Order 1(b), Senator George Thompson Sekibo (PDP, Rivers East), lamented the defection of PDP Senators who occupied the Deputy Whip position.
Two Senators of the PDP who are members of the Senate leadership have in the last three months resigned their membership of the opposition party and defected to the ruling APC.
Lawan, however, ruled Sekibo out of order, noting that his observation was not in line with the provisions of Order 1(b) of the Senate Standing Orders, 2022 (As Amended).
He congratulated the new Deputy Minority Whip while urging him to perform his functions to bring about stability and productivity to the Senate.