- Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, the chief whip of the House of Representatives, says he is the oldest lawmaker in the lower chamber
- The lawmaker says he does not see any reason why he should fight the leadership of the House which he knows was genuinely elected
The chief whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, has reportedly made a vow to remain in the House till death.
Ado-Doguwa, who reportedly is the longest serving member in the House of Representatives, said he was not tired or planning to leave the lower chamber in the nearest future.
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Speaking on Monday, March 20 during a programme on Television Continental (TVC), the lawmaker who represents Doguwa/Tudun Wada federal constituency of Kano state, was asked about the privileges attached to his office.
In his reply, he said he did not understand how the privileges attached to his office affected Nigerians.
“You want someone to come and unseat me? They want to unseat me now? I want to continue as chief whip till eternity," he said adding that his entitlements were not more than the privileges that are available to every other principal officer in the list of the leadership.
Daily Post which monitored the programme reports the lawmaker as saying: “I just want to continue as chief whip… And we are not in any way different or so far from the rights enjoyed by every other ordinary member.
“The convention that made me chief whip has also reminded me to know that I’m only first among equals.
“As it is today, I’m the oldest serving member of the House of Representatives. I started as far back as 1992.
“I may not be the oldest in terms of age, I reiterate that I’m the oldest serving member of the house of representatives today.
“So, no matter what happens in the process of establishing the leadership of the House of Representatives, no matter what role I played, I don’t see reason why I should continuously fight a leadership that has been transparently elected.
“What I did by accepting this offer is to stabilise the house. This is what I call democracy in action. Nothing more, nothing less.”