The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhasan Doguwa, has declared his intention to run for the speakership of the 10th National Assembly, saying his four wives and 28 children are proofs he would succeed as Speaker.
Doguwa who made this known at an event in Abuja, Wednesday, May 3, 2023, also said he had paid his dues to the party, stressing it was now time to reward him with the position.
His statement came as a response to criticism that he lacked the competence and right temperament to replace the current speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, due to his erratic behaviour.
Doguwa, who represents the Tundun Wada/Doguwa federal constituency of Kano State, 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, I 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.”