Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has congratulated members of the Oyo State House of Assembly on the rancour-free election of their new speaker, Olagunju Ojo.
The governor also felicitated with the new speaker for being found worthy by his colleagues to occupy the exalted position.
In a statement on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji Tunji, Governor Ajimobi pledged the full support of the executive arm of government to the new speaker.
He noted that the peaceful emergence of Ojo has further consolidated his leadership as an apostle of geo-political balancing in the political configuration of the state.
The governor added that the peaceful and successful emergence of the speaker has demonstrated the unity among members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
He, however, urged Speaker Ojo to sustain the legacy of peace, cooperation and bridge-building existing between the executive and the legislature.
Ajimobi stressed that the support of the legislature was critical to the consolidation of the unprecedented achievements of his administration in the last seven years.
The seat of the speaker became vacant following the sudden death of the late Speaker of the eighth Assembly, Michael Adeyemo, who died on April 27 at the age of 47.
Ojo is a ranking member of the Assembly, having emerged as deputy speaker from 1999 to 2003, while he was the running mate of a governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN) in the 2007 election.
He was elected speaker by his colleagues during a plenary session, while late Adeyemo’s deputy, Abdulwasi Musa, retained his position.
Governor Ajimobi prayed that the Almighty God would continue to comfort and sustain the family of the late speaker.