Bisi Longe Akure
The 8th Ondo State Assembly has been inaugurated with mixed feelings over the absence of Governor Olusegun Mimiko at the inauguration session of the newly elected members of the Assembly. Earlier, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jumoke Akindele appreciated the members of the 7th Assembly for their various contributions towards the development of the state, noting that they would continue to be remembered for their numerous steps at moving the state forward.
The Speaker, who later dissolved the Assembly, before the Clerk of the House, Hon. Bode Adeyelu reconvened the newly 8th Assembly and called for nomination of the principal officers of the House. It was at this instance that Hon. Jumoke Akindele, from Okitipupa State Constituency was re-nominated as the new Speaker for the 8th Assembly in the state, while Hon. Fatai Olotu, Akoko North East state constituency was nominated as the Deputy Speaker. The two nominees were however returned unopposed as there were no other candidate that contested against their nominations, and they were the new officers of the House.
While performing the inauguration, of the new Assembly, the Speaker tasked the members to see their duties as service to their various constituencies and the state at large, which they must carry out without biased or favour . The Speaker charged them to see themselves as representing all the people in their various constituencies, without allowing party affiliation to jeopardize their interest at serving the people. However, political observers were questioning the absence of the governor at the inauguration of the 8th Assembly of the state, the Deputy Governor; Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo was seen at the inauguration without making any official speech.