NASS Election: Bankole Admits Defeat…… Commend Voters
The Speaker of the House of Representatives , Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole has reacted to the outcome of the 2011 National Assembly election conducted yesterday saying that outcome on the whole reflected the wishes of the people in our national quest to enshrine an enduring democracy for our nation.
While commending the general peaceful nature of the election, particularly in his constituency and Ogun state, Bankole thanked the electorate for trooping out en-mass to vote for candidates of their choices as representatives and senators at the National Assembly stressing that their action after the initial hiccups exercise demonstrates an abiding faith in democracy as an acceptable and veritable path for the development of our nation.
Bankole congratulated all the winners in the parliamentary election for their victory noting that losers should take their losses in good faith as in any such exercise there must be winners and losers .
'For me the race was not a life and death duel. Of more importance is building, maintaining and developing our democratic institution and processes as a means towards true national development and greatness' he stated.
The Speaker commended the Independent National Electoral Commission , INEC, and the young men and women of National Youth Service Corps for successfully kick starting the election.
Bankole however, condemned all those bent on scuttling the electoral process through violence, particularly through bombings, saying no nation has ever made progress through such means in addressing the challenges of national development.
Chief Kayode Odunaro
Special Adviser, Communications
Speaker, House Of Representatives 10 th April, 2011