By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, representing Ifo 1 State Constituency on Monday emerged as the Speaker of the Ogun State ninth House of Assembly.
Oluomo who was elected unopposed by his colleague legislators is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Oluomo before his emergence was the Deputy-Speaker to the immediate past Speaker of the eighth Assembly, Hon. Suraj Adekunbi.
His election took place at the floor of the House, Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta after the inauguration of the ninth Assembly.
Hon. Oludare Kadiri’s nomination for the Deputy-Speakership was also unopposed. He represents Ijebu-North II State Constituency.
The new Speaker and his Deputy were nominated by Hon. Babatunde Sobukonla from Ikenne State Constituency and seconded by Hon. Adegoke Olusesi from Yewa North constituency II.
The ruling APC has majority in the 26-member Legislature with 15 members while the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) has seven, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) has three and the Peoples Democratic Party has 1. But despite their differences there were no dissenting voice at yesterdays event.
After reading Governor Dapo Abiodun’s proclamation letter, the Deputy Clerk of the House, Mr. Adedeji Adeyemo inaugurated the House.
Oluomo in his acceptance speech, expressed deep appreciation to his colleagues and pledged not to betray their trust.
The lawmaker promised to sustain the existing peace among the lawmakers for the development of the State.
The new speaker also promised to promote mutual understanding between the executive and legislature “in order to achieve the vision of the new government towards the development of the State”.
Oluomo urged his colleagues to support the new administration in order to justify the confidence reposed on them by the electorate towards delivery abundant dividends of democracy and maintain peace among the three tiers of government.
Meanwhile Governor Abiodun has congratulated the Legislators on their inauguration and their “peaceful conduct and exemplary act of decorum in electing their leaders”.
Abiodun in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kunle Somorin described the conduct of the lawmakers as “a demonstrable confirmation of the leading and first position Ogun State in all field of human endeavours”.
The Governor urged the House to “sustain the decorous behaviour exhibited in their quest to join in moving the state forward, while promising to ensure cordial working relationship with the legislative and executive arms of government in a transparent manner without undue interference in their affairs.”