Patricia Olubunmi Folake Etteh was the first female speaker house of representative in Nigeria as at June 2007 to October 2007. She was born on the 17th of August 1953.

  As a Yoruba, Olubunmi Folake Etteh has an hairdressing and beauty therapy training, she also has a law degree from the University of Bukingham in the United Kingdom. In 2016, she was admitted to the Nigerian Bar. Shes married with two children and lived at Isale opopo Ikire.

Patricia first worked as a politician after completing her official education. She was the Osun State representative for the Ayedaade/Isokan/Irewole constituency.

 She was first elected in 1999 as a member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), but when she ran for re-election in 2003, she changed to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). She was the only woman to hold this position in the Nigerian government when she was unanimously elected to that of speaker in June 2007.

She appeared before a committee of MPs in September 2007 in response to allegations that she had approved the spending of 628 million Naira (roughly $5 million) on renovations to both her and her deputy’s official residences as well as the purchase of 12 official cars intended for the House of Representatives.

She was being yelled at with theft accusations when she attempted to speak in the House, and security had to accompany her out as things got out of hand despite the fact that she hasn’t been formally charged.

Officially, the PDP continued to support Etteh, despite criticism from some members, including Isyaku Ibrahim. Author and professor Wole Soyinka urged for her resignation, but Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president and PDP member, continued to back her.

 After being under pressure for several weeks, Etteh resigned as speaker on the 30th of October, 2007.Babangida Nguroje, her assistant, also quit. It was decided, however, at the House of Representatives’ final sitting of the sixth session that “there is no record or processes of the House where Patricia Olubunmi Etteh was ever accused.


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