By Monsuru Olowoopejo
The Ibarapa Youths’ Vanguard has urged all newly elected members of Oyo State House of Assembly and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to zone it’s speakership position to Ibarapa region.
They stressed that zoning the position to Ibarapa East Local Government, where the only PDP lawmaker that was re-elected, Adebo Ogundoyin, hailed from, would help stabilize the house considering his experience in the house.
In a statement signed by its Coordinator, Ojebola Matthew, and its General Secretary, Ogunjimi Sunday, argued that Ogundoyin has the leadership qualities for a vibrant legislative arm in the state.
They both added that the act would serve as reward for the region’s massive support and commitment towards PDP since 1999 and ensuring his return as the ruling party in the state.
“Adebo Ogundoyin is the only returning PDP member in the state legislative chamber and its not only appropriate to support his emergence as the Speaker of the Nineth Assembly, but to also make Our state sets the pace of a new generation leaders by having the youngest Speaker in the history of Nigeria.
“Politically, Oyo state has always set pace for good things in the Nigeria, the era of the Late Sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo can attest to this fact. Today with the clamour for a new set of young leaders, we are extremely confident that Adebo Ogundoyin would raise the bar of quality representation of the people,” Ojebola added.
The group is also seeking the support of the Governor-elect, Engr. Seyi Makinde and all stakeholders in the state for the only PDP returning member, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin representing Ibarapa East constituency.
According to the statement, aside this going to be a reward for the overwhelming support and loyalty given to PDP in Ibarapaland, it will also be a record breaking achievement having the first young speaker in Nigeria, as the pace setter state.
“We are not in doubt of our son (Adebo Ogundoyin) capability and credibility to lead the Oyo State 9th house of Assembly, because we are proud of what he has done so far despite joining the 8th Assembly barely eight months ago.
“We believe his political records can also speak for him, as the only PDP Assembly Member in the State in this outgoing dispensation, he did not only deliver his ward and local government to PDP and Governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, he equally delivered the zone, this is a testament of how connected he is with his people” the statement added.
The group noted that zoning the speakership seat to Ibarapaland will make the ruling party in the state stronger for rewarding loyal and hardworking, Debo Ogundoyin and will also guarantee a cordial and progressive relationship between the house and the executive.