Minority Leader Emerges New Speaker In Ibadan

Former Minority Leader of Oyo State House of Assembly, Joshua Olagunju Ojo (representing Orire State Constituency), was yesterday elected Speaker in the assembly complex located in the state capital, Ibadan.

Ojo had also served as Deputy Speaker in the Fourth Assembly (1999-2003) on the platform of defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD).

The speakership election became imperative following the death of former Speaker Michael Adeyemo on April 27.

Three groups in the Assembly showed interest in the position and a faction backed one of the candidates.

Ojo, 67, was unopposed after his nomination by Joshua Oyebamiji (APC/Akinyele I) and seconded by Gbenga Oyekola (LP/Atiba).

Also, Ademola Ige (Accord/Ibadan South East II) was elected Minority Leader when the seat was declared vacant following the election of the new Speaker.

Ige was nominated by Kayode Akande (Ogbomosho South) and seconded by Oyatokun Oyeleke.

Ojo pledged to unite the members and sustain the leadership legacies of peace and harmony the late Adeyemo achieved until his death.

He urged the Abiola Ajimobi-led Executive arm to consider naming any monument, institution or infrastructure after the late Speaker.