Former vice-president and presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar (L) casts his vote during the presidential primary of the party in Lagos. ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abeokuta - Eleven out of 26 legislators retained their seats to begin the 8th Ogun State House of Assembly in 2015, the media, reports.
Out of the six principal officers in the legislature, the Speaker, Suraj Adekunbi, the Majority Leader, Isreal Jolaosho and the Whip, Oludotun Fasanya would be returning.
The Deputy Speaker, Tola Banjo, who contested under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), lost to Wale Alausa of the People's Democratic Party (PDP-Ijebu Ode).
The other principal officers who would not be part of the eight legislature are Job Akintan (Minority Leader) and Samuel Solarin (Chief Whip).
Akintan, (PDP), who represented Yewa North Constituency 11, did not contest during the primaries.
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He would be replaced by Razak Oduntan, also of the PDP.
Solarin, who participated in the April 11 elections, was defeated by the PDP’s candidate, Oluwasesan Soyebo, in Sagamu Constituency II.
Others who will not return to the Ogun Assembly are Joseph Adegbesan (Labour Party), Ijebu North constituency I and Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo (PDP), Ifo II Constituency.
They contested for the House of Representatives but lost. They would be replaced by Messers Dare Kadiri (APC), and Ganiyu Oyedeji (APC).
Remmy Hazzan (PDP-Odogbolu), Obafemi John (PDP-Remo North), Abiodun Akovoyon (PDP-Ipokia/Idiroko), Adeleke Salmon (PDP-Imeko Afon), Elizabeth Anifowoshe (SDP-Obafemi Owode), among others, will not return.
The media reports that the 8th legislature would have two women: Yetunde Sogbein (APC-Odeda), and Akintayo Folakemi (APC-Yewa South),
The legislature would have 17 APC and nine PDP members.