The Majority leader of Ekiti Assembly Gboyega Aribisogan has been elected the new Speaker following the demise of the late occupant, Funminyi Afuye.
Afuye, who represented Ikere Constituency 1, died after he suffered a cardiac arrest on October 19 at Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital. He was interred last Friday in his country home, Ikere-Ekiti.
Aribisogan, who hails from Ijesha-Isu in Ikole Council Area, defeated his only challenger for the number one legislative seat, Chief Bunmi Adelugba representing Emure constituency.
The election was keenly contested with the new Speaker garnering 15 votes to defeat Adelugba who scored 10 scores.
Aribisogan was nominated by Hon Tajudeen Akingbolu, Ekiti West 1 and seconded by Hon Adegoke Olajide, Efon Constituency while Hon Bode Adeoye Oyekola, Ekiti West 2 nominated Hon Olubunmi Adelugba and was seconded by Hon Ojo Martin, Ijero constituency
Adelugba is believed to be the preferred candidate of former Governor Kayode Fayemi while Aribisogan was the choice of Governor Biodun Oyebanji and some aggrieved lawmakers who were denied return tickets.
The Nation reliably gathered that the aggrieved lawmakers revolted against Adelugba as a payback for Fayemi who allegedly worked against their return to the House.
Aribisogan was sworn-in at the plenary of Tuesday by the clerk of the House, Mr. Tola Esan, announcing that 25 members voted with no invalid votes recorded.
Esan said that the election was peaceful, credible, free, and fair, stating the process met all required guidelines prescribed by the House standing order.
After being sworn in, Aribisogan expressed gratitude to his colleagues for finding him worthy to lead the House.
He promised to justify the confidence reposed him and discharge his duties to the best of his ability and protect the constitution of the country and the standing rules of the House of Assembly, adding that he would remain committed to duty.
A new set of principal officers also emerged in the Assembly. Hakeem Jamiu retained his position as Deputy Speaker while Yemisi Ayokunle, representing Ekiti South West is the new Leader of Business, thus becoming the first woman legislator to occupy the post in the history of the House.
Other principal officers are: Tope Ogunleye as Chief Whip; Tajudeen Akingbolu, the Deputy Leader and Adeteju Okuyiga as Deputy Whip.