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Bankole warns against bitter politics

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—AS campaigns for the 2011 general elections intensify, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole, weekend, admonished politicians against playing politics of bitterness, saying that such acts were capable of endangering the nation’s democracy.

The Speaker, who spoke at Government House, Benin City, when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, also hailed the contributions of some members of the House of Representatives from the state, particularly Messrs Patrick Obahiagbon, West Idahosa and Samson Osagie.

He said their contributions helped immensely in bringing stability to the House and the National Assembly.
Bankole, who commended Governor Oshiomhole for his developmental strides in the state, which he described as monumental, stressed the need for politicians not to play “ do or die politics,” arguing that politicians must allow the people to chose their representatives at all times.

Explaining that he decided to stop over, while on his way to Abuja, to express his gratitude to the governor and people of the state for the support the House had continued to receive from the people of the state, the Speaker said, “I must say that the support that we have received from Edo State has been phenomenal.

“On the floor of the House of Representatives, you have from your state gentlemen you can count on when you want to get things done in any matter of high sensitive nature.

“These gentlemen are people that I always count on when I see that there is going to be trouble at the corner. I can never be more grateful to these gentlemen.”

Commenting on the recent defection of Obahiagbon and Osagie to Action Congress, AC, Bankole asserted that “whichever political party they belong to, it does not matter to me. “What matters to me is the quality and integrity of these gentlemen and how they have helped in bringing stability to the House and, therefore, stability to the National Assembly and in the bigger way, the Nigerian polity and Nigerian nation.

“I wish them best of luck in their endeavours. We will continue to support Edo State in what we do in the national interest and we will even disagree with Edo State but agree to disagree on those issues where we find ourselves on different divide.

“The politics we play today is not that of do or die, it is the politics of engaging ourselves when we disagree and then move our nation forward for the interest of humanity and social justice.”


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