#Updated: Okey Ezea denies Enugu State the position of Senate Leader | CABLE REPORTERS


In a surprising turn of events, Senator Okechukwu Ezea from Enugu North has vehemently opposed and halted the appointment of Senator Osita Ngwu from the same state as the Minority Leader by Senate President Godswill Akpabio. The nomination, which drew disapproval from Labour Party senators, faced strong objections from Ezea, sparking a heated exchange on the Senate floor.

Ezea's objection, notably supported by Senator Tony Nwoye of the Labour Party, centered on the allocation of three minority leadership positions to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), leaving the Labour Party without representation in the Senate leadership. The contention primarily revolved around the perceived sidelining of Labour Party interests in the distribution of key roles.

Despite the intense argument, the Senate President ultimately upheld a new decision, which favored Senator Ngwu for the position of Senate Minority Whip instead of Minority leader. The outcome further solidified the PDP's dominance in the minority leadership positions.

Senator Osita Ngwu, the PDP nominee, assumed the role of Minority Chief Whip, succeeding Labour Party's Senator Darlington Nwokwocha, who was removed by the Court of Appeal on November 4. This development raised eyebrows, especially given the heightened opposition from within the Senate.

Adding to the controversy, Akpabio appointed Abba Moro, representing Benue South, as the new Minority Leader of the Senate, replacing Senator Simon Nwadkwon from Plateau North, who faced a court-ordered removal on October 23. 

Senator Abba Moro's emergence stirred further debate and marked a shift in the Senate's minority leadership landscape.

Aside that dissent voiced by Senator Okechukwu Ezea, Enugu State and South East would have secured the position of Senate Minority leader. His opposition underscored the internal divisions and tensions within Enugu North/West Senators, intensifying the debate over regional representation and party interests.

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