32-year-old Adebo Ogundoyin emerges Oyo Assembly Speaker

Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin, a member representing Ibarapa East constituency, has emerged Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly.

Ms Felicia Oyediran, clerk of the Assembly, declared Ogundoyin Speaker after his unopposed nomination by Honourable Adebayo Babajide (Ibadan North II constituency) was seconded by Honourable Adeola Bamidele (Iseyin/Itesiwaju constituency).

Also, Honourable Mohammed Fadeyi of Ona Ara constituency has emerged unopposed as deputy Speaker of the Assembly.

Fadeyi’s emergence followed his nomination by Mustapha Akeem of Kajola constituency, seconded by Honourable Rasaq Ademola of Ibadan South East 1 constituency.

Present at the inauguration were Governor Seyi Makinde and his deputy, Mr Rauf Olaniyan, other present and former public officials, traditional rulers and faithfuls of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Both Ogundoyin and Fadeyi took their oath of allegiance and oath of office accordingly.

The political permutation and combination that favored the 32 year-old Ogundoyin to emerge Speaker were his party affiliation, zoning consideration and experience coupled with the backing of top echelon of the Peoples Democratic Party leadership in the state.

For a speaker to emerge, Section 2 (3a) of the House rule stipulates that “a member-elect shall propose another member-elect with legislative experience as member of the House of Assembly to be Speaker, and move that such member elect do take the chair of the House as Speaker of the House of Assembly.”

However, those not favorably disposed to Ogundoyin’s emergence argued that he had only a year experience as a legislator compared to the trio of Oladeji, Alarape and Oyeleke who command four years legislative experience. Their arguments could not hold ground since the Peoples Democratic Party has simple majority in the house.

It could be recalled that Ogundoyin got into the State Assembly via a bye election held in June 2 last year to fill the vacant seat left by the late Honourable Michael Adeyemo. As it stands now, in the 32-member house of Assembly, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party has 26 members, All Progressive Congress has five members while ADP has one member.

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