Abuja - Mr Dimeji Bankole, the Speaker, House of Representatives, says the outcome of Saturday's National Assembly
election reflected the wishes of the people.
In a statement by Mr Kayode Odunaro, his Special Adviser on Communications, in Abuja,Sunday, Bankole commended the peaceful nature of the election, particularly in his constituency, and in Ogun.
``The exercise is a good omen in our national quest to entrench democracy in our nation,'' the statement quoted him as saying.
NAN reports that Bankole lost his return bid to the House by polling 23,103 votes
against the 28,490 votes polled by the ACN candidate in his Abeokuta South Federal Constituency.
Bankole thanked the electorate for trooping out en masse to vote for the candidates of their choice, and congratulated all the winners in the parliamentary elections, while urging the losers to take their losses in good faith.
He declared: ``For me, the race was not a life-and-death duel. Of more importance is the building, maintenance and development of our democratic institutions and processes toward true national development and greatness.''
The Speaker also commended INEC, ``and the young men and women of the National Youth Service Corps for successfully kick-starting the election''.
He, however, condemned ``all those bent on scuttling the electoral process through violence, particularly through bombings,'' saying no nation had ever made progress through such means in addressing the challenges of national development.