Dimeji Bankole’s Desperate Moves

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Dimeji Bankole, had occupied an enviable position
in Nigeria’s political scene. He shot to national
limelight at age 37, following the removal of the
former Speaker, Patricia Etteh, over an alleged
financial malfeasance.
However, in what may be described as an anti-
climax, he lost the bid to return to the House in
2011. Thereafter, he contested for the number one
job in Ogun State under the Peoples’ Democratic
Party (PDP). But the ambition was truncated, as
the party leaders seemed not to have any
confidence in him. The popular choice was
Gboyega Nasir Isiaka.
Faced with this reality, soft-spoken Bankole is
said to making frantic efforts to re-launch his
political career into reckoning. As a result, he is
making some political moves, which many have
described as ‘wrong moves.’
As the race for the 2019 general elections gathers
momentum, his caucus has reportedly merged
with that of Ladi Adebutu, another member of
House of Representatives, who is said to be
interested in the state top position. Adebutu is
said to be in control of the structure that was
once controlled by Buruji Kashamu. In the eyes of
many, Bankole is desperately trying to save his
political empire from total collapse.
The ex-speaker is the son of Chief Alani Bankole,
the Seriki Jagunmolu of Egbaland, second republic
politician and former national vice-chairman of
the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). His mother,
Atinuke Bankole, is the Ekerin Iyalode of
Egbaland.

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