Meet the Presiding Officers of Nigeria’s State Assemblies (South West)

Olamilekan Quadri AlimiJune 21, 20239 min

With the inauguration of most State Houses of Assembly largely done,  we commence a series on the Presiding Officers of Nigeria’s thirty-six State Assemblies across the six geo-political zones beginning from the Southwest

 

 

 

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It’s the season of inauguration across the country as State Assemblies (STASS) elect their Presiding Officers comprising the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, to pilot the affairs of the respective state legislatures for the next four years.

Nigeria has nine hundred and eight (908) state legislators spread across the thirty-six State Houses of Assembly, with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) being the only entity in the federation without a legislative house. As stipulated in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended), Sections 91 and 92,  a House of Assembly of a State shall consist of three or four times the number of seats which that State has in the House of Representatives divided in a way to reflect, as far as possible nearly equal population: Provided that a House of Assembly of a State shall consist of not less than twenty-four and not more than forty members.”

Similarly, Section  92 (1) provides that “there shall be a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker of a House of Assembly who shall be elected by the members of the House from among themselves,” while Section 105 (3) stipulates that “the person elected as the Governor of a State shall have power to issue a proclamation for the holding of the first session of the House of Assembly of the State concerned immediately after his being sworn in, or for its dissolution as provided in this section.”

In line with the latter constitutional requirement, governors of the thirty-six states have been issuing proclamation letters to usher in new legislative sessions for their respective states as well as a new leadership for the parliaments. We commence a spotlight series on the Presiding Officers of Nigeria’s 36 States across the six geo-political zones beginning from the South West.

 

LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

Members: 40

Legislative Session Speaker Deputy Speaker
10th Assembly Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa Hon. Mojisola Lasbat Meranda 
Agege Constituency 1 Apapa Constituency 1 
2015 till date 2023 till date
                                                                  All Progressives Congress (APC)

 

Honourable Mudasiru Obasa (Speaker)

Legislative Experience: Sixth-term Member, LSHA (2003 – 2015)

Executive Experience: Zonal Chairman, UNCP (Alaagba Zone, Agege), Councillor (1999 – 2003)

 

Hon. Mojisola Lasbat Meranda (Deputy Speaker)

Legislative Experience: Third-term Member, LSHA (2015 till date)

Executive Experience: Senior Special Assistant, Intervention and Inter-Governmental Affairs; Apapa Local Government Council (2008-2011), Health Supervisor; Apapa Local Government Council (2011-2014).

 

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OGUN STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

Member: 26

Legislative Session Speaker Deputy Speaker
10th Assembly Rt. Hon Oluomo Olakunle Taiwo Hon. Ajayi Bolanle Lateefat
Ifo State Constituency 1 Yewa South Constituency
2019 till date 2023 till date
All Progressives Congress  (APC)

 

Hon Oluomo Olakunle Taiwo (Speaker)

Legislative Experience: Fourth-term Member, OGHA (2011 till date), Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Vice Chairman, House Committee on Justice, Ethics and Public Petitions, Deputy Speaker, OGHA (2015 – 2019)

 

Hon. Ajayi Bolanle Lateefat (Deputy Speaker)

Legislative Experience: Second-term Member, OGHA (2019 till date)

 

READ ALSO: OrderPaper congratulates NASS Presiding Officers, tasks Members on accountable service delivery 

 

ONDO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Members: 26

Legislative Session Speaker Deputy Speaker
10th Assembly Rt. Hon Olamide Adesanmi Oladiji  Hon. Abayomi Babatunde Akinruntan 
Ondo East Constituency Ilaje Constituency 1
2023 till date 2023 till date
All Progressives Congress (APC)

 

Hon Olamide Adesanmi Oladiji (Speaker)

Legislative Experience: Second-term Member (2019 till date), Deputy Majority Leader (2019 – 2023)

(a) Chairman, House Committees on Government House and Protocols, Judiciary and Petitions, Works, Vice Chairman, Water Resources, Public Sanitation and Hygiene,
(b) Vice Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

 

Hon. Abayomi Babatunde Akinruntan (Deputy Speaker)

Legislative Experience: 3rd-term Member (2015 till date)

(a) Chairman, House Committee on OSOPADEC, Vice Chairman, House Committee on Sport/Youth and Information Committee, Vice Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum and Environment.

 

 

READ ALSO: 2023 Budget: Fact File on Proposals by States [South-West and North-West]

 

OYO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

Members: 32

Legislative Session Speaker Deputy Speaker
10th Assembly Rt. Hon Adebo Ogundoyin Hon. Abiodun Muhammed Fadeyi
Ibarapa East State Constituency Ona Ara State Constituency
2018 till date 2019 till date
People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

 

Hon Adebo Ogundoyin (Speaker)

Legislative Experience: 3rd-term Member (2018 till date)

 

Hon. Abiodun Muhammed Fadeyi (Deputy Speaker)

Legislative Experience: 2nd-term Member (2019 till date)

 

 

READ ALSO: Parliament Spotlight: Abdul Rasheed Kashamu | Member-Elect, Ogun State House of Assembly

 

 

OSUN STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

Members: 26

Legislative Session Speaker Deputy Speaker
8th Assembly Rt. Hon Adewale Olumide Egbedun Hon. Akinyode Oyewusi 
Odo-Otin Constituency Ife North Constituency
2023 till date 2023 till date
Peoples’ Democratic Party  (PDP)

 

Hon Adewale Olumide Egbedun (Speaker)

Legislative Experience: First-term Member (2023 till date)

 

Hon. Akinyode Oyewusi (Deputy Speaker)

Legislative Experience: First-term Member (2023 till date)

Leadership Experience: Founder, PAAO Foundation

 

 

EKITI STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

Members: 26

Legislative Session Speaker Deputy Speaker
7th Assembly Rt. Hon Adeoye Stephen Aribasoye  Hon.  Bolaji Adediwura Egbeyemi-Olagbaju 
Ikole Constituency 11  Ado Constituency 11 
2023 till date 2023 till date
All Progressives Congress  (APC)

 

Hon Adeoye Stephen Aribasoye (Speaker)

Legislative Experience: 2nd-term Member (2019 till date), Chief Whip; 6th Assembly (2019-2023), Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs 

 

Hon. Bolaji Egbeyemi-Olagbaju (Deputy Speaker)

Legislative Experience: First-term Member (2023 till date)

Executive Experience: Senior Special Assistant to the Governor; Women Empowerment, Dr Kayode Fayemi Administration.

 

Olamilekan Quadri Alimi

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