Intrigues and horse-trading have characterised the Ogun State House of Assembly as the battle for a new deputy speaker intensifies.
The assembly had last week eliminated Oludare Kadiri as the deputy speaker over alleged gross misconduct, leaving the number two seat vacant.
Although Kadiri had insisted that he remained the deputy speaker as a result of his elimination was illegal, lawmakers in the seat have commenced lobbying the power brokers, as the meeting is expected to elect a new deputy speaker this week.
Top among the aspirants for the seat from Ijebu axis where Kadiri hails from are, the Chief Whip of the House, Mrs Tinuke Bello (Odogbolu constituency) and Balogun Akeem Agbolade (Ogun Waterside).
The duo of Abayomi Fasuwa (Ijebu North East) and Kemi Oduwole (Ijebu Ode) – who respectively moved and seconded the motion for Kadiri’s removing, is additionally within the race.
Top sources within the APC told that Bello would have been favoured however that she already occupies the seat of Chief Whip.
Others say it will be between Fasuwa and Balogun whose local governments don’t have any commissioners within the state cabinet.
It was equally gathered that Oduwole who represents Ijebu-Ode cosmopolitan and a leader of the Ogun East lawmakers’ caucus within the meeting is also within the race.
A top APC member from the Ijebu axis advised our correspondent that Governor Dapo Abiodun would, to a large extent, determine who emerges as the new deputy speaker.
He stated many of those eyeing the position lacked “local support.”
”The choice ordinarily must be between Ogun Waterside and Ijebu North East as a result of they suffered similar casualty following lack of commissioners representing the LGs within the state cabinet.”