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#2015: Dimeji Bankole throws money at commuters , Okada riders



What could be described as a popularity test
played itself out Thursday evening at Kuto
roundabout, Abeokuta , the capital of Ogun
state when former Speaker of the Federal
House of Representatives , Rt. Hon . Dimeji
Bankole was sighted throwing money out from
his vehicle to Okada riders and some
commuters standing at the park .
Our correspondent who arrived the scene of
the action few minutes after the former
number four citizens had left saw some of the
Okada riders and commuters discussing the
An eyewitness account reported that Bankole,
whose posters for the position of governor on
the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party ,
PDP have flooded most towns in the state was
coming from Oke Mosan area in a convoy that
was driving towards the GTB – Oke Ilewo road .
His convoy was however stuck in a light
gridlock around Kuto roundabout where he
seized the opportunity to feel the pulse of the
“ We were standing by the park around Kuto
roundabout waiting for cab, then we saw a
convoy coming from NNPC and heading
towards our direction. It was the slight
gridlock that occurred around that area that
made us know that it was the former
Speaker. We heard the blaring of siren but
never thought he was the one because since
he returned from Abuja , about three and half
years ago, he has been going around quietly
until lately.
“ He was in a black Jeep, wearing a traditional
attire of white guinea with white cap to
match. When his car got to where Okada
riders were , he wound down his glasses and
when some of the boys sighted him, they
started praising him and urging him to give
them money. Some of the Okada riders ran in
front of his convoy and instead of giving
those boys their own share from the national
cake, he decided to cause chaos around the
place by throwing the money out. This
immediately sparked a survival of the fittest
contest , as people began scrambling for it .
Another eyewitness said : “ He is throwing
money all around because of the elections.
Was he not the one that was once winding up
all his vehicles? Padlocking all his gates with
soldiers and policemen guarding it ? Now that
he needs the people again , he is deceiving
them with N 100 notes . Has he forgotten that
Ogun is not Ekiti , where they believe in
stomach structure , ” the eyewitness said .
Most of the Okada riders who spoke with our
correspondent revealed that they are
collecting what rightly belongs to them but
was in his custody, “ Can you imagine the
embarrassment? Some of our boys at the
park who know him just saw him when he
was trapped in the go – slow they went to him
to salute him, maybe he was going to drop
something for them.”
A woman, who was caught in the web of the
action expressed disappointment at the
former Speaker ’s action , noting that , he did
that deliberately to gauge how much the
people like him.
According to the woman , who preferred to be
identified as Mama Tubosun , she said , “ I
nearly collapsed following what just happened
now. We were here waiting for a cab, when
suddenly, I saw these Okada boys running
and shouting , I thought something is
happening. While we were trying to run inside
the Metro bus park for safety , somebody just
said , he has thrown it out. I nearly collapsed
because I thought it was bomb they were
referring to until I saw the boys pouncing on
themselves scrambling for money .
Dimeji Bankole alongside other nine aspirants
are jostling for the governorship ticket of the
Peoples Democratic Party , PDP in Ogun state
and political observers are of the opinion that
if he is given the ticket , the party may pull a
surprise in the governorship election in
February 2015 .
Other PDP governorship aspirants are:
Abayomi Majekodunmi , Jelili Kayode Amusan ,
Isiaq Abiodun Akinlade, Gboyega
Nasir Isiaka , Engr . Anthony Ojesina , Prince
Yanju Lipede , Omooba Segun Adewale , Rafiu
Ogunleye and Remilekun Bakare , who
defected from APC, Osoba camp to PDP


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