Delta State House of Assembly on Tuesday elected Mr. Peter Onwusanye, as its new speaker.
The election of Onwusanya was sequel to the resignation of the former Speaker, Mr. Victor Ochei, as contained in a letter read by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Basil Ganagana.
The deputy speaker read the letter during the proceedings of the House in Asaba, the state capital.
In the letter, Ochei said that his decision to resign was to pave way for the new leadership.
He commended the state government and the Peoples Democratic Party for giving the opportunity to serve the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Monday Igbuya, moved the motion to accept the resignation of Ochei.
The majority leader’s motion was seconded by Mr. Martin Okonta of Ika South.
NAN also reports that the election of the new speaker followed a motion also moved by the majority leader which was unanimously adopted by the house.
Okonta’s motion for the election of a new speaker was seconded by Mr. Sam Obi of Ika North East.
In his acceptance speech, Onwusanya, who is an accountant, thanked the lawmakers for the confidence reposed in him.
Onwusanya of Oshimili South. He also thanked the Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, and the PDP, for giving him the opportunity to serve the people of the state.
The new speaker also commended his predecessor for his contribution to legislature in the state.
He solicited the support of the members in carrying out his duty.
NAN reports that Mr. Friday Osanebi of Ndokwa East was also elected as the new Chief Whip of the Assembly following the recommendation by the state chairman of PDP, Chief Peter Nwoboshi.