- The APC has again endorsed Alhassan Ado Doguwa as the majority leader of the House of Representatives
- Doguwa held the position before he was ousted by the court, prompting a rerun election which he won last weekend
- The position is still vacant and there are feelers that it was deliberate to enable Doguwa return to the position
Alhassan Ado Doguwa has been endorsed again as the majority leader of the House of Representatives.
The Kano lawmaker last weekend won the re-run election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Doguwa/Tudunwada federal constituency of the state.
Before his ouster by the court, Doguwa was the majority leader of the House of Representatives and is set to retain the seat.
The national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday, January 28 said the decision of the leadership of the House of Representatives not to fill the position was an indication that his colleagues were optimistic that Doguwa would be re-elected again.
Oshiomhole made the statement when Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led APC members in National Assembly to pay him a solidarity visit in Abuja.
“I believe that God gave you a second chance. That the Speaker was in Kano means that he holds you in high esteem.
“They deliberately decided not to fill the vacancy and just like us, they were confident that the people of your constituency will return you to the House. I don’t think I should say more than that,” he said.
Governor Ganduje, while speaking earlier, said the visit was to present Doguwa’s Certificate of Return and his application to seek the position of majority leader again.
On his part, Doguwa thanked Ganduje and Oshiomhole over the role they played in his re-election while expressing his loyalty to the party.
The rerun election in Kano was not all that rosy for the APC as one of its senior lawmakers, Honourable Abdulmumini Jibrin did not win his election.
Jibrin's bid to return to the green chambers didn't come to fruition as Alhaji Ali Datti Yako of the People's Democratic Party iwon the rerun election for the Kiru/ Bebeji federal constituency held on Saturday, January 25.
Although there are rumours that the APC leadership in Kano deliberately worked against Jibrin in the election.
Jibrin himself has stated that his mandate was stolen through the use of brutal force by the opposition, stressing that he would be heading to the tribunal to reclaim his mandate.
Meanwhile, INEC says it has cancelled certain polling units in the rerun elections conducted in Cross River and Akwa-Ibom states.
The commission, in a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, January 28 and signed by one of its national commissioners, Festus Okoye, revealed that the action was taken due to electoral infractions recorded in the areas affected.
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