The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhasan Doguwa, on Wednesday, hit back at his critics, stressing that any leader who can manage four wives and 28 children like him can aspire to become the Speaker in the 10th Assembly.
Doguwa’s statement was a response to criticism that he lacks the competence and right temperament to replace the current speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, owing to his erratic behaviour.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, Dogunwa disclosed that those trying to portray him in bad light probably misperceived his attitude.
He said, “Even as Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, I did not exhibit any high temperament. For those who refer to me as a high-level temperamental person, they have misperceived Ado Doguwa, the man who has four wives and 28 children. I have never had a divorce. That shows I have what it takes to excel as the next Speaker. I will be a carpet for Nigerians to march or walk on.
“As a politician, I want to believe that every man is a political animal. And he could be subjected to one disposition or the other. The issue of temperament is about perception. What someone may perceive as high temperament, another will perceive otherwise.
“But for someone like me who has been in the parliament right from July 4, 1992, to date have successfully secured the mandate of my people. But for time, I would have brought to you my seven different rates of return certificate to show to you my track record.”
The lawmaker representing Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal constituency in Kano is currently standing trial over alleged criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, unlawful possession of a firearm, mischief, and public disturbance.
The PUNCH reported that he was arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport on February 28, 2023, while boarding a flight to Abuja and has since been released on bail.
“I want to state clearly at this point that I believe in the legal principle of presumption of innocence until one is proven guilty. Conversely, it does not stop me whatsoever to vie for a position I know that I am eminently qualified for.
“I want my colleagues and Nigerians to join me in prayers so that, by God’s grace, will get to know the truth of the matter. At one point, I was distressed knowing that a guilty man who was charged for a case like this would not have gone for a supplementary election and won the way and manner I did,” he noted.