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The announcement was made in a letter by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Secretary, Senator Samuel Anyanwu to the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan and read at plenary.
The letter is titled “Confirmation of the Senate Caucus Nomination of Sen. Philip Aduda as Senate Minority Leader.”
It should be recalled that Senator Abaribe had prior to the primary to seek the party’s ticket for the Abia State Governorship race, dumped his Party, the PDP for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and also resigned his position as the Minority leader.
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The letter read:
The leadership of the PDP is pleased to confirm to you the nomination of Sen. Aduda as the new Senate Minority Leader.
The nomination of Aduda is for the replacement of the vacant seat of the minority leader created by the defection of Abaribe to the APGA.
Please kindly accord Aduda all the necessary cooperation due to the office.
The letter added:
The leadership of the PDP is pleased to confirm to you the nomination of Sen.Utazi as the new Senate Minority Whip.
The nomination of Utazi for the replacement of the vacancy to the minority whip followed the elevation of Aduda to the Senate minority Leader.