The former Minority Leader of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Olagunju Ojo who represents Orire State Constituency has been elected as the new Speaker while lawmaker representing Ibadan South East Constituency 2, Hon. Akeem Ademola Ige under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was also elected as the new Minority Leader of the House.
It could be recalled that the former Speaker, Hon. Michael Adeyemo died on Friday 27th of April this year at the age of 47.
Olagunju, who is a loyalist to former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Christopher Alao Akala was elected under the platform of Labour Party in 2015.
Though Akala has been defected to All Progressives Congress (APC) shortly after 2015 election but investigation shows that as this morning the new Speaker is yet to declare for APC at the floor of the House.
It was gathered that Ojo emerged unopposed after the Deputy Speaker, AbdulWasi Musa and Hon. Segun Ajanaku backed out from the race.
Ojo is believed to be the oldest and most experienced member of the Assembly.
He was Deputy Speaker of the Assembly from 1999 to 2003; Deputy Governorship Aspirant of the Action Congress in Oyo State between 2006 and 2007.
But he contested under Labour Party along with former Governor Akala but it was gathered that the new speaker is yet to declare for the APC at the floor of the House.
Ige who was elected under the platform of Accord Party and now in PDP becomes the Minority Leader after Ojo was announced as the new Speaker.
It was learnt that Ige was nominated by Hon. Joshua Oyebamiji (Akinyele I) and seconded by Hon. Gbenga Oyekoka (Atiba)
Journalists who were at the premises of Oyo State House of Assembly complex to monitor the proceeding of the Assembly in the selection of the new Speaker in the state and Aides of some of the lawmakers and other members of the public were Tuesday morning barred from entering the premises by the security agents deployed to mount the entrance of the Assembly complex.
Our correspondent who is among the journalists that were barred from entering the Assembly complex observed that there was tight security around the premises as the lawmakers moved into a closed session to elect their new leaders.
One of the Aides of one of the lawmakers from Ibadan who was also prevented from entering the Assembly complex said such has never happened when journalists will be barred from covering the house proceeding.
According to him, “This has never happened in the state, they are denying journalists to enter. This is the first time. We are not here to forment trouble”.