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Ondo State House of Assembly yesterday elected Hon. Jumoke Akindele representing Okitipupa Constituency II as the new Speaker of the assembly having defeated two other contestants, who vied for the position.
With her success at the election which was by open ballot at a session presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Dare Emiola, Akindele became the first female Speaker of the assembly in the history of the state.
The new speaker of the 26-member assembly scored 13 votes to defeat Hon. Oyebo Aladetan of Ilaje Constituency I, who polled nine votes while the third contestant, Hon. Soji Akinkurolere of Okitipupa I, who scored zero in the election.
Two members of the assembly apart from the Deputy Speaker, who presided, abstained from voting.
The election of the speaker yesterday brought to an end months of scheming on who becomes the number one lawmaker of the state after the demise of Hon. Samuel Adesina, who died in February during protracted battle with cancer.
The people at the gallery of the assembly were however, surprised that a nominee for the position of the speaker, Akinkurolere, did not vote for himself during the poll just as those who nominated him refused to vote for him.
The nominee however, accepted his nomination made by Hon. Adeyinka Alex of Akoko North West I and which was seconded by Hon Adekunle Olujuyigbe of Akure South Constituency II.
In her acceptance speech, the Akindele appreciated her colleagues for electing him as the speaker of the assembly, saying she was delighted to be the first female speaker in the state.
The speaker promised to be transparent, accountable and fair to all.
While pledging her loyalty to the Labour Party (LP) under which platform she was elected, the lawmaker promised to continue with the legacy of unity, which created room for robust relationship between the executive and legislative arm of government.
The speaker, announced the dissolution of all standing committees of the assembly and directed the Clerk to retrieve all the property of the assembly that are unlawfully in the custody of any member within 24 hours.
The first major assignment of the assembly after the election of the new speaker was the approval of the governor’s request for the extension of the tenure of the time of the Interim Caretaker Chairmen of all the 18 local governments in the state.
The governor said the need to extend the tenure of the chairmen of the interim committee became imperative as the tenure of the present administration at the councils expires today.
The governor said election into the local government administration
could not hold due to the pending law suit on the matter.