Brief History of Oyo State House of Assembly

The Oyo State House of Assembly has its origin in the old Western Regional House of Assembly. The foundation stone of the Parliament Buildings was laid on Tuesday, 1st March, 1955 by sir John Dalzell Rankine, while the official opening was done by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on the 15th February, 1956. The British Parliamentary System of Government was then in practice, hence the building provided for a bicameral Legislature. There was a Chamber for the House of Chiefs and another for the House of Assembly. Several historic ceremonies and events have taken place in the buildings: The Building hosted the Western Nigeria Self-Government Celebrations in 1957, where H.R.H. the Princess Royal addressed a joint meeting of the Legislature on 20th November, 1957, as the representative of Her Majesty the Queen. The first Inaugural Sitting of Western Nigeria Parliament had Eighty-Nine (89) Members including the Premier and Cabinet Members. It is also important to note that a Motion for the Independence of the Nation, Nigeria, was passed by the Western Nigeria Parliament as moved by Sir Anthony Enahoro. On 8th July, 1960, Sir Adesoji Aderemi, the Ooni of Ife was installed the Governor of Western Nigeria, as the first African to be elevated to the highest to the highest office in a British colonial territory. The British Parliamentary System of Government continued until 15th January, 1966 when there was a Military putsch which lasted for about 13 years. On 1st October, 1979, the country was returned to democratic rule, adopting the American Presidential System of Government. The States under the presidential system had a UniCameral Legislature. The Second Assembly had 125 Honourable Members at its First Sitting. The Principal Officers of the House then were:
Speaker Hon. Davidson Mokolade Gbolagunte
Deputy Speaker Hon. (Chief) Pekun Adesokan
Majority Leader Hon. J.O. Windapo
Minority Leader Hon. Olatunji Mohammed
Chief Whip Hon. A.A. Kuponiyi
The democratic rule was however, not to last as the Military sacked the political class on the 31st December, 1983 for alleged economic mismanagement and political profligacy. Between 1992 and 1993 there were elected political office holders in the State with a Military Head of States as the "President". Then the Third Assembly was inaugurated in the State with 32 Honourable Members. The Principal Officers then were:
Speaker Hon. Akinpelu Onigbinde
Deputy Speaker Hon. Niyi Akintola (resigned the position)
Hon. Femi Emmanuel
Majority Leader Hon. K.K. Adisa
Minority Leader Hon. C.O. Ogundiya
Chief Whip Hon. M.B. Babalola
Thereafter, the Military took over until 28th May, 1999. On the 29th May, 1999, the country returned to democratic rule with the three Arms of Government fully constituted. The Oyo State House of Assembly consisting of Thirty-Two (32) Honourable Members then constituted the Legislature. On 1st June, 1999 the fourth (4th) Assembly was proclaimed with 32 Honourable Members at the Sitting. The Principal Officers of the House were:
Speaker Hon. Kehinde Olatunji Ayoola (June - Nov. 1999)
Hon. Asimiyu Niran Alarape (Dec. 1999 - May, 2003)
Deputy Speaker Hon. Joshua Olagunju Ojo
Majority Leader Hon. Taofik Olufemi Adeleke (deceased)
Hon. Bola Olukayode Fawole
Minority Leader Hon. Isiaka Adesina Adeola
Chief Whip Hon. Ojutola Adebayo Kasali Amao
Chairman Parliamentary Council Hon. Emmanuel Olaogun Adelowo
Deputy Majority Leader Hon. Bashiru Akinbolanle Akinteye
Deputy Chief Whip Hon. Isiaka Akinwumi Ajibola
The fifth Assembly was proclaimed on the 4th of June 2003 with 32 Honourable Members. The tenure of the 5th Assembly was marked with wrangling and political crises. Infact, it was a turbulent period, The membership of the Assembly got polarized and Principal Officers were changed at will. The Principal Officers of the 5th Assembly were:
Speaker Hon. Moroof Olawale Atilola, June 2003 - Jan. 2004 (resigned the position)
Hon. Makhail Alarape-Azeez, Dec. 2003 - July 2005
Hon. Abraham Adeolu Adeleke, Aug. 2005 - May 2007
Deputy Speaker Hon. Makhail Alarape-Azeez, June 2003 - Dec. 2003
Hon. Abraham Adeolu Adeleke, Dec. 2003 - July 2005
Hon. Olayemi Taiwo
Majority Leader Hon. Isiaka Adesina Adeola (resigned the position)
Hon. Kazeem Abiola Ayilara
Hon. Ayorinde Tahoheed Abiola
Minority Leader Hon. Samuel Modepoola Egunjobi
Chief Whip Hon. Asimiyu Olalekan Ganiyu, June 2003 - Dec. 2003 (resigned the position)
Hon. Ebenezer Olubowale Fasola, Dec. 2003 - July, 2005
Hon. Hon. Mufutau Olatunde Ogunremi, July 2005 - May 2007
Chairman Parliamentary Council Hon. Oyewale Akinriade
Deputy Majority Leader Hon. Simeon Adegbola Oyeleke
Deputy Chief Whip Hon. Tunde Adegbenjo
The 6th Assembly was inaugurated on the 4th June, 2007 by the proclamation of the Executive Governor, Otunba (Dr.) Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala. The Principal Officers of the 6th Assembly were: The 7th Assembly The Seventh Assembly came into being on the 10th of June, 2011 with the Honourable Members elected from across three political parties: Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Accord Party (AP). The Seventh Assembly has scored a first with the emergence of the First Female Speaker in the History of this Legislature: she is the amiable, energetic and resilient leader, Rt. Hon. (Alhaja) Monsurat Jumoke Sumonu. It is noteworthy that in the year 2012, the Rt. Hon. (Alhaja) Monsurat Jumoke Sumonu was elected Deputy Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, which is another feat deserving of the Legislature. The House under her leadership with the functionaries, has made remarkable progress in the following ways: the 1st Member’s Bill on Oyo State Security Trust Fund was passed, thereby giving legal muscle to the pro-active and visionary establishment of a State joint Security Outfit code named “Operation Burst” designed and programmed to meet the increasing security challenges in the State by the Senator Abiola Ajimobi Administration. Other executive Bills were also passed. Some other salient achievements include the thorough job done on prevention of maternal mortality in Oyo State, in the belief that “mothers do not have to die while giving birth to life”. Public hearings were also held, thereby involving the user public in the act of law making, aggregating their inputs into Bills to arrive at optimal impact. The Assembly was also able to give legal backing to establishment of additional Ministries, all geared towards realization of the transformational agenda of the Abiola Ajimobi Administration. A law for the establishment of a State Technical University was also passed. The 7th Assembly was also able to pursue the welfare of the people through the various oversight and representational activities of House Standing Committees, in line with the motto, truly “Advancing peoples’ interest”. A major focus of the Assembly is to ensure the greatest happiness for the greatest number of our people. Members therefore were able to rise to various challenges from their Constituencies, acting as true avatars for the hopes and aspirations of their people. The Principal Officers of 7th Assembly are:
Speaker Rt. Hon. Monsurat Jumoke Sumonu
Deputy Speaker Hon. David Babatunde Olaniyan
Majority Leader Hon. James Akande Oyeniran
Minority Leader Hon. Tunji Rafiu Adekunle
Chief Whip Hon. Abiodun Adigun-Hammed
Chairman Parliamentary Council Hon. Fatai Adetunji Salam
Deputy Majority Leader Hon. K. H Subair
Deputy Chief Whip Hon. Michael Adesina Adeyemo
Permanent Secretary/Clerk Overseer S.O. Adebolu (May 2011- July 2011)
Mr. Paul Ishola Bankole Esq. mni
It is worthy of note that the House during the 7th Assembly maintained healthy and friendly relationship with the Executive Arm as well as the Judiciary. The 8th Assembly The 8th Assembly was inaugurated on the 10th of June, 2015 with the Honourable Members elected from across three political parties: All Progressive Congress (APC), Labour Party (LP) and Accord Party (AP). The 8th Assembly is made up of thirty (30) men and two (2) women who are versatile, working assiduously towards delivering the dividends of democracy to their constituents. Since its inauguration on 10th June, 2015, the House has been contributing tremendously to good governance in the State. Till date, the House was able to pass …………….. Bills into Law while …….. Resolutions were adopted for implementation by the executive. The 8th Assembly has been vigorously pursuing the welfare of the populace via various oversight and impactful activities of the House Standing and Special Committees. The Principal Officers of 8th Assembly are:
Speaker Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Adesina Michael Adeyemo
Deputy Speaker Hon. (Barr.) Abdul Wasii Musa
Majority Leader Hon. Kehinde Hassan Subair
Minority Leader Hon. Joshua Olagunju Ojo
Chief Whip Hon. Wasiu Olafioye Akinmoyede
Chairman Parliamentary Council Hon. Samuel Olusegun Ajanaku
Deputy Majority Leader Hon. Oyeleke Adeyemi Oyatokun
Deputy Chief Whip Hon. John Adebayo Olaleru
Permanent Secretary/Clerk Deacon Adegbola Akinyanju (June-Dec, 2015)
Barrister Paul Ishola Bankole (Dec. 2015 to date)