Ex Reps speaker, Dimeji Bankole gives love a second chance

Ex Reps speaker, Dimeji Bankole gives love a second chance

Honourable Dimeji Bankole, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives is giving love a second chance and is all set to tie the knot with Miss Ai

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Honourable Dimeji Bankole, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives is giving love a second chance and is all set to tie the knot with Miss Aisha Shinkafi Saidu, daughter of Kebbi Governor, Atiku Bagudu on Friday 15 January 2020.

Following his divorce from his first wife, Olaitan in 2017, after the death of their child, Bankole who was once a gubernatorial candidate in Ogun State, has remained single, taking his time to find the right partner.

The bride, a lawyer and graduate of the University of Hull in the UK, is a granddaughter of late Alh. Umaru Shinkafi, a political heavyweight and onetime head of Nigeria’s security organisation.

The bride’s mother is Shinkafi’s daughter and a sister to the former Zamfara Governor, Aliyu Shinkafi.

A quiet introduction ceremony already took place between the two families according to Islamic and traditional injunctions where the Sokoto State Governor and Bankole’s successor as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, led the groom’s family to the bride’s family home to seek her hand in marriage.

Friday’s event, which sources have said will be low key due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, will be the culmination of a courtship that both families kept under wraps.

While Mr Bagudu is the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors forum, Tambuwal, who is representing Bankole, is the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors forum.

Following the death of Bankole’s 7 year old daughter, Yewande, who was born a sickle cell patient, the passion between husband and wife was subsequently diminished.

Yewande was the first of the two children of Bankole and his wife, Olaitan (née Akinlade). Her birth took place in Ghana, while Olaitan was rounding off her medical studies at the University of Legon, Accra, Ghana.

She was a radiant girl who struggled with the disease. We originally managed her condition at a Lagos hospital but later transferred to a London hospital. Sadly we lost her at 10.30pm on Wednesday October 1st, 2014.