The Senate President Godswill Akpabio has announced Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele (APC-Ekiti) as majority leader of the 10th Senate.
Akpabio made the announcement at 11. 29 a.m. after the commencement of proceedings from the Eid-El Kabir break.
Akpabio also announced Sen. Mohammed Ndume (APC-Borno) as the Chief Whip; Sen. David Umahi (APC-Ebonyi), as the Deputy Leader and Sen. Lola Ashiru (APC-Kwara) as Deputy Chief Whip.
The senate had adjourned sitting on June 14 for Eid-El Kabir
Akpabio said, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus of the Senate after consultations has emerged with their leadership which will be the fulcrum of commencing other businesses of the chamber.
“I’m happy to announce that by consensus the Senate Leader is Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele will be the Majority Leader. Sen. Mohammed Ndume (APC-Borno) will be the Chief Whip of the 10th Senate; Sen. David Umahi (APC-Ebonyi), by your consent will act as the Deputy Leader and Sen. Lola Ashiru (APC-Kwara) will be the Deputy Chief Whip.”
Bamidele a ranking senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District. He was Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters in the 9th National Assembly. He is the Founder, Principal Attorney & Head of Chambers at the Law Office of Opeyemi Bamidele & Associates (with offices in Asokoro District, Abuja and Lekki Phase 1, Lagos) from where he is at the moment on leave of absence.
Bamidele is a New York Attorney, Member of the 7th House of Representatives and three-term Member of the prestigious Lagos State Cabinet between 2000 and 2011 when he served as Commissioner in different Ministries and under two Governors. He had served as the Senior Legislative Aide (SLA) to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1992 when Tinubu was a Senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Finance, Appropriation and Currency.
He is a lawyer without border, licensed to practise in Nigeria as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court; an Attorney and Counselor-at-Law of the State of New York, USA; and a Notary Public of Nigeria.