Simon Mwadkwon Emerges as Minority Leader in the Senate, Defeating Aminu Tambuwal

…By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media. In a significant development, Simon Mwadkwon, the senator representing Plateau north, has been appointed as the Minority Leader of the Upper Legislative Chamber.


This announcement was made by Senate President Godswill Akpabio, marking a notable victory for Mwadkwon over Aminu Tambuwal, the senator representing Sokoto south.

The selection of Mwadkwon and other members of the minority leadership reflects the collaborative efforts of the minority caucus comprising seven political parties.

Announcement of Minority Leadership

On Tuesday, Senate President Godswill Akpabio announced the names of the members comprising the minority leadership.


He stated, “The minority caucus of the senate is made up of about seven political parties and have come up with their leadership so I will proceed to announce [the names].”

The appointed members include Simon Mwadkwon as the Minority Leader, Oyewumi Olalere as the Deputy Minority Leader, Darlington Nwokocha as the Minority Whip, and Rufai Anga as the Deputy Minority Whip.

Simon Mwadkwon emerges Senate minority leader

Absence of Aminu Tambuwal

Aminu Tambuwal, the immediate-past governor of Sokoto and former speaker of the House of Representatives, had expressed interest in leading the minority caucus of the Senate.

However, when the principal officers of the minority leadership were announced, Tambuwal’s name was conspicuously missing. It appears that his bid to become the Minority Leader faced strong resistance from members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


The appointment of Simon Mwadkwon as the Minority Leader showcases the dynamics within the minority caucus and the decision-making process in the Senate.

It is evident that there were varying opinions and considerations in determining the leadership positions.

Aminu Tambuwal’s exclusion indicates lingering discontent among certain PDP members due to his involvement in the presidential primary election, which resulted in Atiku Abubakar emerging as the party’s standard-bearer.

This episode highlights the complex dynamics and rivalries within political parties and how they can influence leadership positions.

Simon Mwadkwon’s emergence as the Minority Leader in the Senate signifies a significant shift in the dynamics of the upper legislative chamber.


His appointment, along with other members of the minority leadership, reflects the collaborative efforts of the minority caucus comprising multiple political parties.

With Aminu Tambuwal’s exclusion, it is evident that internal party dynamics played a role in determining the leadership positions.

As the Senate moves forward, it will be interesting to observe how the minority leadership under Mwadkwon’s guidance contributes to the legislative agenda and addresses the challenges and issues facing the country.

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