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Bankole won’t succumb to blackmail – Rep

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—A member of the Federal House of Representatives, Mr Samson Osagie, yesterday, said that the Speaker of the House, Mr Dimeji Bankole,  will not succumb to what he described as “cheap blackmail” by some members of the House to resign.

He said that the plot to impeach the Speaker by some members under the umbrella of Progressives, will not succeed because “majority of our members are tired of impeachment and these allegations against the Speaker are unfounded.”

Osagie who is representing Uhumnwonde/Orhionmwon Federal Constituency of Edo State in the House, told Vanguard in Benin, Edo State,  that “the Speaker will not resign.

Our colleagues, the Progressive should kindly allow peace to reign in the House and the country.

“This is not an auspicious time to embark on leadership change, when there are avalanche of real contentious national issues lying on our hands,  waiting to receive attention.

We have no time now for impeaching any body. We must learn how to fight the cause of the people of Nigeria,  who voted us into the House rather than fighting for our personal interest.

I really do not see any reason why people should be fighting the Speaker for an issue that had been sorted out.”

The lawmaker said, “it is sad that this incident is happening at a time,  when all of us are supposed to be united and ensure that we pass laws that will sanitize the electoral system.

Our colleagues must learn to think Nigeria first, so as to avoid the wrath of our various constituencies. For majority of us, the Speaker will not resign because he has been doing very well both for the National Assembly and the nation as a whole. We need stability now and not any thing that will make us lose focus.”


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