By simon ebegbulem
AS campaigns for the 2011 general elections intensifies, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole, weekend, admonished politicians against playing politics of bitterness, saying that such acts are capable of endangering the nationâ€™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 Osagi and said their contributions helped immensely in bringing stability both in 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 â€œdo or die politicsâ€, arguing that politicians must allow the people to choose their representatives at all times.
He explained 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 that â€œI must say that the suppport that we have received from Edo state has been phenomenon. 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 gentlemenâ€.
Commenting on the recent defection of Obahiagbon and Osagie to the Action Congress (AC), Bankole asserted that â€œwhichever 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 the Nigerian nation.
â€œI wish them best of luck to their endeavours. We will continue to support Edo state in what we do in national interest and we will even disagree with Edo state but agree to disagree on those issues 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”, he stated.