Ibadan - Hon. Michael Adeyemo
(APC-Ibarapa East) on Wednesday emerged as the Speaker of the 8th Oyo State
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adeyemo
emerged unopposed at the instance of his nomination by Hon. Kehinde Subair
(APC- Ibadan South-West I).
Hon. Ojo Olagunju (Labour Party-Oriire) seconded the
NAN reports that those returned unopposed as principal
officers alongside Adeyemo were Hon Abdul-Wasiu Musa (APC-Saki West), Deputy
Speaker and Subair who emerged as Majority Leader.
Others were Hon. Oyeleke Adeyemi (APC-Afijio), Deputy
Majority Leader; Hon. Olafioye Akinmoyede (APC- Lagelu), Chief Whip while Hon.
Olusegun Ajanaku (APC- Ibadan South-West Constituency II) emerged as Chairman,
The election of the Minority Leader, however, generated
heated debate on the floor the house as members of the Accord Party opposed the
nomination of Olagunju.
NAN reports that Hon. Muideen Olagunju (Accord Party--Oyo
East/ West) had observed that the nomination was not in compliance with the
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The 8th Assembly has 18 APC members, eight Accord Party
members and six Labour Party members.
But the assembly’s suspension of its Order 7 Rule 9(1) which
states that the highest ranking among the minority parties should produce the
Minority Leader paved the way for an election.
Ojo won with 21 votes to defeat Olagunju who had 9 votes.
In his acceptance speech, Adeyemo thanked the members of the
Assembly for their support, assuring them that he would be fair to all.
The elections are over and I believe our people should now
let partisanship give way to patriotism.
"We must be prepared to sacrifice in the face of financial
and economic crises as have been witnessed,’’ he said.
Adeyemo, who promised to cooperate with the executive arm,
however, vowed that the Assembly would not be a rubber stamp.
It is reported that the inauguration was attended by Gov.
Abiola Ajimobi, Chief Moses Adeyemo, the Deputy- Governor, Justice Muntar
Abimbola, the Chief Judge of the state, Chief Akin Oke, APC Chairman in the
state as well as traditional rulers.