I would appeal to my members so that we suspend relevant rules and we have a clause in the Electoral Act where it permits families that do have up to 30 kids in their homes to have an electoral polling unit in that family- Reps Doguwa
Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, has announced that one of his wives has given birth to a child. With the new addition, Doguwa who's 56 now has 28 children.
At the plenary Tuesday, the minority leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, had congratulated the lawmaker on the delivery of his new born baby. Responding, Doguwa said the child (a baby girl) was born in the last 24 hours, adding that plans are in top gear to make them 30 before the 2023 election.
He said: "This is no longer news. It is no longer news because this thing happened in the last 24 hours. It is true that my beloved family has gotten an additional one person. It is a baby girl. Bouncing. The mother and the baby are hale and hearty. The husband is still active. I am here. And I thank God that I kept my word with the House that while I had 27, I promised you that I would continue counting. I want by the grace of God and your prayers that the count would continue."
Speaking further, the lawmaker jokingly made case for households with 30 members to have a polling unit. "Now that we are considering the Electoral Act amendment, I would also add when we get to the floor perhaps in the Committee of the Whole, I would appeal to my members so that we suspend relevant rules and we have a clause in the Electoral Act where it permits families that do have up to 30 kids in their homes to have an electoral polling unit in that family," he added
Reacting, the Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajbiamila, asked if he was working towards a polling unit in his house with two to go. Ado-Doguwa said: "At least between now and 2023 before the elections come, if you allow that, then I would have a polling unit within my home."