Oyo Assembly Makes Minority Leader Joshua Ojo, Their New Speaker In Unusual Political Move


The Oasis Reporters

May 16, 2018

Oyo State House of Assembly, Ibadan in South West Nigeria

Just as the tears over the death of former Speaker Michael Adeyemo on April 27 was yet to dry completely, the Oyo State House of Assembly moved to quickly to fill the void of a vacant position. Despite the intimidating array of distinguished All Progressive Congress legislators, they looked beyond it and chose former Minority Leader of Oyo State House of Assembly, Joshua Olagunju Ojo, to become their elected Speaker.

Ojo, represents Orire State Constituency, and have had considerable experience by serving as Deputy Speaker in the Fourth Assembly (1999-2003) on the platform of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD).

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

When the call for nomination was made, Ojo was the only candidate nominated and seconded. He was declared new Speaker after a voice vote.

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.

Ojo, in his acceptance speech, 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 as well as complete the road to Lanlate from Ibadan saying this would gladden the hearts of lawmakers and residents of the area.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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