The representative of Ikole 1 Constituency in the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Gboyega Aribisogan, has been elected as the new speaker of the assembly.
Aribisogan, who is a two-term lawmaker, was elected at plenary on Tuesday, having polled 15 votes to defeat Olubunmi Adelugba (Emure Constituency) who got 10 votes.
He replaced the former Ekiti State Assembly speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, who died on October 19, 2022, after suffering cardiac arrest.
At the plenary, Tajudeen Akingbolu (Ekiti West 1) nominated Aribisogan and the nomination was seconded by Adegoke Olajide (Efon Constituency), while Bode Oyekola (Ekiti West 2) nominated Olubunmi Adelugba and seconded by Ojo Martin (Ijero Constituency).
Aribisogan was sworn in as speaker by the clerk of the house, Mr Tola Esan, following his victory in the election.
In his reaction, the new speaker expressed gratitude to his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him.
Aribisogan said, “I pledge to discharge my duties to the best of my ability and protect the constitution of the country and standing rules of the House of Assembly. I promise to remain committed to my duties as speaker of this honourable assembly.”
Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, has approved the appointment of eight special advisers.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yinka Oyebode, announced this in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
He said the appointments were made to give the new administration the desired solid foundation and move the state forward.
He explained that the new special advisers were of cabinet rank.
Oyebode gave the names of the new appointees as Mr Niyi Adebayo, Budget, Economic Planning, and Performance Management; Mrs Tayo Adeola, Investment, Trade, and Industry.
Others are: Ebenezer Boluwade, Agriculture and Food Security; Kofoworola Aderiye, Education, Science and Technology; Chief Jide Awe, Political and Inter-Party Affairs; Tope Ogunleye, Bureau of Special Project; Seun Fakuade, Governance, Reforms and Innovation; and Yinka Oyebode, Media and Strategy/Chief Press Secretary.
Oyebode said the governor urged the appointees to see their appointments as an opportunity to contribute their time, talent, and expertise to the overall development of the state.
He said they would be sworn-in on Friday.
Oyebode also disclosed that General Ebenezer Ogundana had been re-appointed as Security Adviser to the Governor, with immediate effect.