Jumoke Akindele has become the first female speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly.
Akindele, who represents Okitipupa Constituency II, was elected by a majority vote at the state House in Akure on Tuesday morning.
She emerged the speaker after polling 13 votes, defeating two other contestants, who are both men. Oyebo Aladetan from Ilaje Constituency 2 polled 9 votes, wile Soji Akinkuolie had no vote.
After the Deputy Speaker, Dare Emiola, declared Akindele the winner, she burst into tears, saying she was overwhelmed for being the first female speaker of the state.
Akindele is a lawyer and served as the Chairman of House Committee on Education before the election.
In her acceptance speech, Akindele thanked the Labour Party, the Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, and as well as the members of the House and the people of the state. She also praised other the women in Nigerian politics starting from Kemi Mimiko, the governor’s wife.
The new Speaker promised to be diligent, just and committed to the cause of peace and development of the state. She sad that her leadership style would be transparent and accountable.
Akindele dissolved all ad-hoc and standing committees and directed the members of such committees to hand over official items belonging to the assembly to the clerk within 24 hours.
The election of Akindele comes after the demise of the late Speaker, Samuel Adesina in February 2014. Adesina died after protracted battle with cancer of the urinary bladder.