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There is a high level of lobbying over who becomes the next Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly intensifies as the tenure of the current 6th assembly rolls to an end.

The Governor of the state, Biodun Oyebanji, expressed concerns over the seeming desperation and cautioned members-elect to desist from acts that would divide the party.

The ruling All Progressives Congress has 24 of the 26 members in the assembly.

The other two seats were won by the Social Democratic Party.

Mr Oyebanji’s warning came during a retreat for members-elect and outgoing members of the Ekiti State 6th House of Assembly held at Ikogosi Warm Springs and Resort.

The governor also said he had no preferred candidate for the State’s House of Assembly Speaker.

The governor’s concerns were apparently drawn from the episode that attended the election of the current Speaker, Olubunmi Adelugba, where members opposed the decision of the APC and elected their own candidate, Gboyega Aribisogan.

Mr Aribisogan was later impeached in a controversial circumstance after a week as Speaker.

“I want to plead with members- elect not to allow the position of the Assembly to divide them,” he said.

” I have intelligence report that meetings are being held both within and outside the state by some former Hon members who are recruited as consultants and members elect both new and returning.

“I want to say categorically that I have no hand in it. I have not asked anybody to shop for Speaker of the 7th Assembly on my behalf and I have no preferred candidate.

“All principal positions in the house belong to the party and at the appropriate time, the party will take a decision and I will abide with whatever the party decides. All of us are members of the APC and I can work with any one of you.

“This is the first and last time I will comment on this matter.”

The APC candidates who won in their various constituencies include, Deputy Speaker, Hakeem Jamiu (Irepodun/Ifelodun II); House Committee on Media and Publicity Chairman, Adeoye Aribasoye (Ikole II); former Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mariam Ogunlade (Emure); former Commissioner for Environment, Iyabo Fakunle-Okhiemen (Ilejemeje); Abimbola Solanke (Moba 1); Adeyinka Adegbite (Ado 1) and Bolaji Olagbaju (Ado II).

Others are Adeteju Okuyiga (Ayekire/Gbonyin), Yinka Olowookere (Efon), Oluwole Akanle (Ekiti East II), Kareem Atunbiade (Ekiti West 1), Johnson Bode-Adeoye (Ekiti West II), Anthony Adaramodu (Ekiti Southwest 1), Michael Ige (Ekiti Southwest II) Ebenezar Ayorinde (Ido/Osi 2), Ademola Ojo (Ijero), Babatunde Oke (Ikere 1), Babatunde Idowu (Ikere II), Sunday Fatunla (Ikole 1), Olanrewaju Akindele (Irepodun/Ifelodun 1), Adeyemi Awoniyi (Moba II), Ademola Longe (Oye 1), Sunday Odebunmi (Oye II) and Abiodun Fawekun, Ido/Osi 1.

The SDP candidates are Babatunde Omotayo, Ise/Orun (SDP) and Oladele Ogunsakin, Ekiti East 1.

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