Kano re-run: Ex-Majority Leader, Doguwa returns, Jibrin out



Following the bye election conducted into the seats of the Federal House of  Representatives at Doguwa/Tudunwada and Kiru/ Bebeji Constituencies last Saturday, the former House majority leader, Alhaji Alasan Ado Doguwa, has won with a landslide victory at the polls while Alhaji Abdulmumini Jibrin Kofa lost his seat to his rival, Alhaji Ali Datti Yako, of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Announcing the result of the polls for Doguwa/ Tudunwada Federal Constituency Saturday night, the returning officer, Prof. Abdullahi Arabi said,  Doguwa scored 66,667 votes, defeating his rival in the polls, Alhaji Yushau Mohammed, who scored 6,322, while Alhaji Ali Datti Yako scored 48,641 votes defeating his opponent, Alhaji Abdulmumini Jibrin Kofa, who scored 13,507 votes respectively.

Similar elections were also conducted in  Minjibir, Madobi, Kunbotso, Rogo Bunkure and other Local Government Areas in the State with almost all the incumbents retaining their seats, except in few cases where minor changes were effected at the polls.

Speaking to news men hours to the announcement of the result, the former House majority leader said he considered  the verdict of the appeal court against his victory as a litmus test that had exposed him to the nitty gritty of  the legal battle which had gingered his resolve to  repose an unfettered confidence in the Judiciary as an important arm of the government.

He said, “As far as I am concerned,  I’m popularly  revered and totally accepted by the people of my constituency. Since the advent of the present democratic dispensation, my victory at the polls was simply annulled on the premise that the names of two of my opponents were either by act of commission or skipped on the result sheet.

“Remember, we are law makers saddle  with the constitutional power of making laws. The decision of the appeal Court to me, was a litmus test to my efficacy to forge ahead. Knowing my reverence and acceptability in the eyes of my people, I’m pretty  confident that there is no way I can lose the election,” he affirmed.

“With regard to my former position as House majority leader, the ball is now in the court of my honourable colleagues in the House to decide my ultimate fate whether to  retain my seat or not. I am ready to accept to remain an ordinary floor member of the House, whatever the case may be. what I know is that I have diligently served in the capacity I was elected by my honourable colleagues,” he stressed.

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