Rep Majority Leader announces 28th child, says, he wants polling unit for Family

On Tuesday, there was a mild drama in the House of Representatives when it was revealed that one of the Majority Leader's wives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, had given birth to the lawmaker's 28th child.

On a lighter note, Ado-Doguwa added that as part of the modifications to the Electoral Act 2020, he was considering allocating a polling unit to his private residence since he plans to have up to 30 children by the end of the current 9th National Assembly.

Hon. Ado-Doguwa
Ado-Doguwa

The drama began when the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, asked the Majority Leader if he had any personal explanation or announcement to make at the start of the day's plenary.

While Ado-Doguwa claimed there was none, Ndudi Elumelu, the Minority Leader, announced that the Majority Leader had recently given birth to a child.

Elumelu said, “Mr Speaker, mine is to congratulate my brother, the Leader of the House. He currently has 28 children and still counting. He just received double a few days ago. That made it 28. It was 26, now 28.”

Ado-Doguwa said, “Mr Speaker, I didn’t know that you were talking about me. 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 had gotten an additional one person, not two like you (Elumelu) said. And 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 to my words to the House of Reps; that while I had 27, I promised you that I would continue counting. I want you to know, by the grace of God and your prayer, that the count will continue. Thank you and God bless Nigeria.”

The Majority Leader added, “Now that we are considering the Electoral Act amendment, I will also – when we get to the floor, perhaps at the Committee of the Whole – appeal to my members so that we suspend the relevant rules; we have a clause in the Electoral Act where it permits families that do have 30 kids in their homes to have an electoral polling unit in that family.”

Gbajabiamila asked, “So, Leader, you are working towards (having) a polling unit in your house. Now that you have 28 children, you have two more to go.”

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