More facts have emerged on why Hon. Monday Igbuya, member representing Sapele constituency, was elected as Speaker of the sixth Assembly of the Delta State House of Assembly.
Findings by Nigerian Pilot Saturday, reveals that one major consideration for Igbuya’s emergence as Speaker were the votes delivered to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Sapele local government at the April 11, governorship election.
Apart from the votes, it was believed that former governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori may have instructed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to ensure Igbuya was made Speaker.
However, before the inauguration of the sixth Assembly of the Delta State House of Assembly, there were speculations that Hon. Samuel Mariere, member, representing Ughelli North constituency I, and a second termer, was anointed to become the Speaker.
But when this reporter contacted a member of the House to know why they (members) elected Igbuya as Speaker as against Mariere who many believed should have become Speakers as speculated, said, “ A lots of factors were put into consideration, particularly since the position of the Secretary to the State Government was given to Ughelli North, where Mariere comes from it will be difficult to zone the Speaker to the same local government”.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, few days after he was sworn in appointed Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, as Secretary to the State Government, who is from Oteri community in Ughelli North local government.
The member said, “It was agreed that Igbuya should be made Speaker because he has been in the House with much experience to effectively manage the State Legislative arm”.
According to him “the Ughelli North constituency I, where Mariere comes from didn’t give Governor Okowa and the PDP good votes at April 11, governorship election, which may have affected Mariere chances of becoming the Speaker.”
But speculations had that Governor Okowa and Igbuya immediately after April 11, governorship election, went to London to see Ibori and there the deal was sealed.
Accordingly, the first move to perfect the deal was to zone the SSG to Ughelli North, to pave the way for the emergence of Igbuya as Speaker.
The day to sign, seal and deliver the deal finally came on Monday 8th of June, 2015, when the Clerk of the House, Barrister Lyna Ocholor read the governor’s proclamation letter at exactly 10:06am, and also immediately presided over the elections and swearing in of the Speaker and deputy Speaker of the 6th Assembly.
Hon. Monday Igbuya, representing Sapele Constituency, eventually emerged the Speaker following the unanimous adoption of his nomination by the member representing Ughelli North I, Hon Samuel Mariere and seconded by Hon. Tim Owhefere, Isoko North state constituency.
Hon. Dennis Omovie, Warri South II, seconded the nomination of Hon. Friday Osanebi, which was made by the immediate past Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya.
The oaths of office as well as oath of allegiance were administered on the Speaker and Deputy Speaker by the Clerk of the House at the main chamber of the State House of Assembly.
First, to take oath of office was the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Friday Osanebi, immediately followed by the Speaker, Hon. Monday Igbuya.
Igbuya in his acceptance speech said he had gathered enough experiences to pilot the affairs of the state legislature, called for maximum support of all stakeholders to succeed in the task ahead.
The Speaker, who is the immediate past majority leader of the fifth Assembly, assured that Deltans would remain first in the activities of the house, saying that the house will perform its constitutional duties diligently and without fear or Favour.
He stated that he is the first among equals, saying that he will do his best to provide the required leadership of the house.
Igbuya, after reading his acceptance speech immediately swore-in other members in line with the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The present House is made up of 29 members with the 23 PDP members, Labour Party 2, Accord Party 2 and Social Democratic Party SDP 2.
Members of the sixth Assembly of the Delta State House of Assembly include Hon. Osi Okocha representing Aniocha North, Angel Nwaka (Aniocha South), Oboro Preyor (Bomadi), Daniel Yingi (Burutu I), Kennedy Daubry (Burutu II), Evans Iwhure (Ethiope East), Erhiatake Ibori (Ethiope West), Samuel Mariere (Ughelli North I), Prince Oharisi (Ughelli North II), Daneil Mayuku (Warri South West), Micheal Diden (Warri North), Godwin Abigor (Warri South I), Dennis Omovie (Warri South I) and Johnson Erijo (Isoko South II).
Others include, Oriezi Esievo representing Isoko South I, Tim Owhefere (Isoko North), Alphonsus Ojo (Ukwuani), Azuka Azaka (Ndokwa West), Rueben Izeze (Ughelli South), Pat Ajudua (Oshimili North), Peter Onwusanya (Oshimili South), Festus Okoh (Ika South), Anthony Elekeokwuri (Ika North East), Timi Tonye (Patani), Efe Ofobruku representing Uvwie and Chief Peter Uviejitobor representing Udu State Constituency.
Meanwhile, the people Sapele local government have commended the members of the House for the emergence of Igbuya as Speaker.
Hon. Joyce Overah, a former member of House of Representatives, (Sapele/Okpe/Uvwie federal constituency), who spoke on behalf of the people also congratulated Igbuya, assuring that Igbuya would pilot the affairs of the House, diligently and effectively.

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