Ben Uwajumogu was sworn into the 8th Senate by Senate president Bukola Saraki on Tuesday 26 September 2016.
A former speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Uwajumogu represents Imo North at the National Assembly. He won the July 2016 senatorial elections under the auspices of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Uwajumogu was tipped by Rochas Okorocha to replace Ike Ekweremadu as deputy Senate president. The Imo State governor was quoted saying after the elections in July:
“The position of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President is at the moment under heavy threat because in no distant time the APC senator in-waiting from Imo State, Benjamin Uwajumogu, will take over the seat on the grounds that it is an aberration that a PDP senator from the South-East is deputy to an APC Senate President because, before now, APC could not produce a senator from the South-East zone.”
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