Alhasan Doguwa, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, said that any leader who can manage four wives and 28 children like him can become Speaker of the 10th Assembly.
His statement was in response to criticism that, due to his erratic behaviour, he lacks the competence and temperament to succeed the current speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, Doguwa said that those attempting to paint him in a negative light had most likely misinterpreted his attitude.
“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 is currently on trial for alleged criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, unlawful possession of a firearm, mischief, and public disturbance. He was arrested on February 28, 2023, at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport while boarding a flight to Abuja, and has since been released on bail.
When asked if his arrest would derail his ambition, the lawmaker replied, “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.