Suarau Olayiwola Alani Bankole is a Nigerian Egba businessman and chieftain from Ogun State. He is Chairman of West African Aluminum Products(WAAP) Plc. He holds the Yoruba aristocratic titles Oluwo of Iporo Ake and Seriki Jagunmolu of Egbaland.
EDUCATION AND PERSONAL LIFE
He is an alumnus of the Baptist Boys High School in Abeokuta. He is married to Atinuke Bankole, the Ekerin Iyalode of Egbaland, and their son is Dimeji Bankole, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives. He is also the founder of Freight Agencies Nigeria Ltd, the first freight company in West Africa. Some of his protégés include, Chief Sanya Abiola Chairman CEO Altimax Metal Industries and several captains of industries, governors, senators and house of representatives members.
He was an Ogun State gubernatorial candidate on three separate occasions; he ran on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in 1979 and again 1983, but was replaced by Soji Odunjo the latter year. He joined the National Republican Party (NRC) in 1989, and later became a member of the All Nigeria Peoples Party. He became National Vice Chairman and later acting National Chairman before leaving that party for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2000.
In 2004, he predicted a reorganization of Nigerian politics in which the ANPP, PDP, and Alliance for Democracy (AD) would break apart and the remnants would regroup as two parties.