Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has congratulated members of the Oyo State House of Assembly on the rancour-free election of a new Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olagunju Ojo.
The governor also felicitated with the new speaker for being found worthy by his colleagues to occupy the exalted position.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, on Tuesday, said the governor pledged the full support of the executive arm of government to the new speaker.
He said that the peaceful emergence of Ojo had further consolidated the leadership of the Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as an apostle of geo-political balancing in the political configuration of the state.
The statement reads, “The peaceful and successful emergence of the speaker has demonstrated the unity of the APC in the state.
“The rancour-free exercise has further consolidated the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who is an apostle of geopolitical balancing in the political configuration of the state.”
The governor also charged the speaker to sustain the legacy of peace, cooperation and bridge-building existing between the executive and the legislature.
Ajimobi stressed that the support of the legislature is critical to the consolidation of the unprecedented achievements of his administration in the last seven years.
The seat of the speaker became vacant following the sudden death of the first Speaker of the eighth Assembly, Rt. Hon. Michael Adeyemo, on April 27.
Ojo was elected by his colleagues during a plenary session, where Adeyemo’s deputy, Hon. Abdulwasi Musa, retained his position.
The governor prayed that the Almighty will continue to comfort and sustain the family of the late speaker.
Ojo is a ranking member of the Assembly, having emerged as deputy speaker from 1999 to 2003, while he was the running mate of the governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2007 election.