Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Wednesday led a delegation from Kano State to witness the inauguration of the member-elect of the House of Representatives from Tudun-Wada/Doguwa Federal Constituency, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa.
Ado-Doguwa was among the six new members, three of whom are from Kano, who were sworn in on Wednesday.
Others are Munir Danagundi (APC/Kano), Egbona Alex (APC/Cross River), Aliyu Yako (APC/Kano), Mariam Odinaka (APC/Imo) and Jafau Auwwal (PDP/Bauchi).
Ado-Doguwa was sacked by the Appeal Court on November 4, 2019, but he won the rerun on Saturday.
The lawmaker will be serving the seventh term in the National Assembly, having been there in the botched Third Republic and since 1999.
On Ganduje’s entourage were a former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shekarau; members of the National Assembly from Kano, including Senator Kabiru Gaya and Jibrin Barau, as well as leaders of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress.
A large crowd of party faithful and supporters also besieged the chamber’s gallery as well as the lobbies and corridors around it.
The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, asked the Deputy Majority Leader, Peter Akpatason, to move a motion that the rules of the House be suspended to allow visitors into the chamber. The Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, seconded the motion.
Ganduje and the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Umar el-Yakub, led about 20 others into the chamber.
The oath-taking for the new lawmakers began at 11.30am and lasted three minutes.
As Ado-Doguwa approached the seat of the Speaker to shake hands and embrace each other, some members chorused, “Leader!”
Shortly after, Gbajabiamila announced that the APC caucus had unanimously resolved to return Ado-Doguwa as the Majority Leader.
The Speaker asked the Chief Whip, Mohammed Monguno, to usher Ado-Doguwa to his reserved seat.
The seat is located beside that of the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase.
Ado-Doguwa, who spent about one hour to thank the leadership and members of the House, the APC, and several others also expressed his appreciation to his four wives and 27 children, some of whom were in the chamber.
The announcement by the lawmaker had generated cheers and applause from the audience.
Gbajabiamila, who interrupted the lawmaker, said he wanted to be sure if the Majority Leader actually said “27 children and still counting.” The comment also generated laughter in the chamber.
Ado-Doguwa later “apologised” to Ganduje for having four wives when the governor only had one.