38-year-old  Adewale Egbedun emerges Osun 8th Assembly speaker

A 38-year-old first-time lawmaker from Odo-Otin state constituency, Adewale Egbedun, has emerged as the speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly.

He was elected unopposed after the 8th Assembly was inaugurated by the State Governor, Ademola Adeleke on Tuesday, June 5, 2023.

Egbedun of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged after he was nominated by Ibrahim Abiola of Irewole/Isokan constituency and seconded by Areoye Ebenezer from Atakumosa West and East constituency.

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He was sworn in by the Clerk of the assembly, Simeon Amusan, after taking the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office.

Another first timer, from Ife-North State Constituency, Akinyode Oyewusi emerged as the Deputy Speaker, while Kofoworola Adewumi from Ede-North, emerged as the majority leader. Three returning lawmakers from the PDP, Tajudeen Adeyemi, Ifelodun, Adewumi Adeyemi, Obokun and Olaide Ajibola, Olorunda were not elected into any principal offices.

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While first-timers like Adekunle Oladimeji (Irepodun/Orolu), emerged as Deputy Majority Leader, Olawale Akerele (Ilesa West) was elected as Chief Whip and Afeez Ibrahim  (Olaoluwa) as the Deputy Chief Whip.

In his acceptance speech, Egbedun called on his colleagues to join hands with him to run a true and new-age Osun House of Assembly. He said the 8th assembly, under his leadership, would focus on the legislature that would improve workers’ welfare, infrastructural development, improve people’s lives, and also work with the executive to develop the state.

Egbedun also said that the assembly would revisit the laws passed by the 7th assembly at the twilight of its tenure, especially between August and November 2022, to correct obnoxious bills/laws passed.

In his proclamation address, Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun, sought the support of the legislature to achieve his five-goal development agenda of good governance for the state.

Adeleke said that since the executive and overwhelming members of the legislature belonged to the same political party, the two arms should work towards the same goal of good governance and providing the people with the dividends of democracy.

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The inauguration ceremony was attended by eminent personalities such as former Osun governor and PDP chieftain, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, and former Osun House of Assembly Speakers Adejare Bello and Najeem Salaam.

Egbedun took over from Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye, an All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, who piloted the affairs of the 7th Osun House of Assembly from 2019 to 2023.

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