The Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, on Tuesday, received the newly elected Speaker of the House of Assembly, Bunmi Adelugba, following the removal of former Speaker, Gboyega Aribisogan.
Recall, that on Monday, the Ekiti State lawmakers removed Aribisogan barely six days after resuming office and immediately installed Adelugba, who had contested the plum legislative seat against the former.
The Nation reported that Governor Oyebanji received the new speaker and 17 other lawmakers, at the Conference Hall, Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti.
Oyebanji, who praised them for the honour of introducing the new speaker to him, pledged his support to party supremacy and Adelugba-led assembly.
He described the leadership crisis rocking the assembly as a family affair, pleading for a healthy and genuine reconciliation process to recall the seven suspended lawmakers, in the interest of Ekiti people.
He sought the cooperation of the house toward his administration’s commitment to take Ekiti to a purposeful and higher pedestal in terms of growth and socio-economic development.
Adelugba thanked the governor for being neutral before and during the process that culminated in her emergence as the new speaker.
She pledged to support the party and the Oyebanji-led administration to ensure it exceeds the people’s expectation through enactment of people-oriented laws and policy frameworks.
Following Adelugba’s emergence, new principal officers have emerged in the assembly including, Johnson Oyekola Bode Adeoye as the new Leader of Government Business.
A statement by the new speaker listed Adeoye Aribasoye (Ikole constituency 1) as Chief Whip; Deputy Leader, Abiodun Fawekun (Ido/Osi constituency); while Ayodeji Ajayi is the Deputy Chief Whip.