Bankole accepts defeat, congratulates winners

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.

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Comment by Oyeyemi S. Fateru on April 11, 2011 at 7:06pm
hon. Bankole has shown nothing than he is a man of sportman-spirit and an example for other losers to emulate.
Comment by Blessed smith on April 11, 2011 at 6:31pm
I am glad Bankole admitted that he was defeated
Comment by Adesokan A Ismaila on April 10, 2011 at 9:18pm
Bravo Bankole  ,you are a good Nigerian for accepting defeat ,you are telling other politician that politic is not do or die affiar
Comment by TOBBY on April 10, 2011 at 7:41pm
It is clear that the past government intentionally kept us in the dark just to continue to manipulate us.  I must commend the spirit of sportmanship of bankole, but I am tempted to where is the older bankole who arrogated to himself and his clique the power to decide who becomes on in ogun state.
Comment by Obande Sunday Simon on April 10, 2011 at 6:12pm
Its a thing of joy that the election was peaceful, particularly with the heat and tension surrounding my zone. Bravo to all the aspirant that won and to those that lose, keep the faith
Comment by paul sani augustine on April 10, 2011 at 5:19pm
he has no choice he most accept it ...Next time wen contestin or on throne...he should carry his people alone !!!!
Comment by Igbigbisie Emmanuel,O on April 10, 2011 at 4:56pm
Comment by Dr Osita Okonkwo on April 10, 2011 at 4:28pm
This is leadership by example. Hope all other PDP "Big Time Losers" would follow suit and give peace a chance. Let the Tsunami continue............
Comment by Moses Okorie on April 10, 2011 at 4:28pm
He admitted the defeat,thanks to Bankole.
Comment by Mavos on April 10, 2011 at 4:15pm
He has no better option than to accept defeat. He dissappionted the masses and the young generation of this nation.

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