By Samm Etuk Jr
During a keen election conducted this morning at the House of Representatives in Abuja, Oladimeji Bankole representing a constituency in Ogun State emerged as the new Speaker replacing sacked Mrs. Patricia Olubunmi Ette, who was booted out in disgrace when the house reconvened last Tuesday.
The Peoples Democratic Party,PDP chieftains had favoured Osun State representative George Jolaoye, whom the party picked as a compensation for the state since the Mrs Ette hails from the same state. They actually campaigned for him and even the former speaker voted for him on the floor of the house today.
Bankole, the new speaker who poled 303 votes to outshone Jolaoye, who got 20 votes was nominated Sam Osagie from Edo State and seconded by Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu from Anambra. All the dropped House leaders joined the Integrity group to vote for Bankole, who is said to be very close to the group. Jolaoye was nominated Abass Adeogun and seconded by Ajibade Michael.
Before the election conducted by the clerk of the House, Nasiru Arab, and supervised by the Speaker extempore, Terngu Tsegba, the anti-Ette group had lobbied intensely for Bankole, who has very good rapport with his colleagues.
Bankole in an interview with the Times of Nigeria said that he is going to represent Nigerians, who elected them and make the house more vibrant than ever before.
“I am taking over the mantle of leadership at a very difficult time. But these are hard times, we need to build confidence again and assure the populace that we are still their representatives. I want an independent house that Nigerians will be proud of, this is my first task,” he said.