Sabur Oladimeji “Dimeji” Bankole (born November 14, 1969) is a Nigerian politician who served as the ninth speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives. Elected at the age of 37, Bankole is the youngest speaker in the history of the House and a candidate in the elections for governor of the state of Ogun in 2019 under the platform of the Democratic Action Party.
Early life, education and career
A Yoruba of aristocratic origin, he was a businessman before being elected to the House. Bankole, an Egyptian Muslim, was born in Abeokuta, in what is now Ogun State, on November 14, 1969. His parents are Alani Bankole, businessman, former National Vice President and Acting Chairman of the Nigerian Peoples Party ( ANPP) and holder of the chiefdom titles of the Oluwo of Iporo Ake and the Seriki Jagunmolu of Egbaland, and one of their wives, Atinuke Bankole, who was herself the Ekerin Iyalode of Egbaland.
Newspaper Thisday identifies Bankole’s education as such: Baptist Boys’ High School, Abeokuta from 1979; Albany College, London, England, beginning in 1985; University of Reading, Reading, England, beginning in 1989; short course at Oxford University Officer Training College, Oxford, England in 1991; and Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in 2005.
Bankole earned a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA in 2005. In 2014, he became a Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government , Harvard University, USA.
In 1991, Bankole passed the DAB selection at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst while taking courses for military officers at Oxford University, where he was in the Artillery Corps.
Bankole is a polo player and is a member of the Lagos Polo Club and the Guards Polo Club, Abuja with defense as his preferred position. He also likes soccer.
Public Sector – House of Representatives of Nigeria
In 2002, Bankole was elected to the House of Representatives from the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) list to represent the southern federal Abeokuta constituency of Ogun State. He was Vice Chair of the House Finance Committee, while Aminu Bello Masari was Chair (Farouk Lawan was committee chair) and was also previously Chair of the House Ground Transportation Committee. Other committees on which he has sat are the Defense, Internal Affairs and Banking and Currency panels.
Bankole was re-elected in April 2007. He considers his legislative interests to be those related to defense and finance.
Speaker of the House
In September 2007, a committee questioned President Patricia Etteh about spending the sum of 628 million pounds ($ 4.8 million) on home and car renovations. She denied any wrongdoing, but many representatives were unhappy with her attempts to defend herself, blows were exchanged on the floor of the house, and Etteh had to be escorted off camera. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and many of the leading PPD members continued to support her, but a large segment of the party, led by Lawan and including Bankole, called for her resignation. It was reported that Bankole, among many other competitors, expected to succeed her on October 5, 2007.
After Etteh’s resignation from office on October 30 (along with her deputy, who was also embroiled in the scandal), Terngu Tsegba, a member of the Integrity Group (anti-Etteh), became an interim speaker.
On November 1, he was chosen to succeed Etteh. The election began at 10:30 a.m. The House lacked the 360 statutory members because three (Moses According Oladimeji, Joe Anota and Aminu Shuaibu Safana) died. Two constituencies had not yet elected their representatives. 328 of the 355 members voted. Samson Osagie from Edo State nominated Bankole for the spokesperson position, and Lynda Ikpeazu from Anambra State supported the proposal. His rival was the state representative of Osun, George Jolaoye, whom he defeated by 304 votes to 20 (and 4 abstentions). Etteh was one of those who voted against Bankole. The new vice president was Usman Bayero Nafada. Bankole was declared speaker at 1:30 pm.
In his acceptance speech, titled “We are on the threshold of history,” Bankole said: “I am assuming leadership leadership at a very difficult time. But these are difficult times, we need to rebuild trust and assure the population that we continue to be their representatives. I want an independent house that Nigerians are proud of, this is my first task ”.
A week after his election, political opponents claimed that Bankole had not completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) service, which is mandatory for all Nigerian college graduates under the age of thirty when they graduate, and called for his resignation for the topic. Bankole provided his NYSC discharge certificate, ending the rumor. On June 22, 2010, Bankole indefinitely suspended 11 members of parliament for disorder and fights in the house.