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2023 election: INEC removes Doguwa’s name from Reps-elect list

Alhassan Doguwa’s name has been removed from the list of elected members of the House of Representatives for the 10th Assembly by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The electoral umpire had declared Doguwa, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the house of representatives seat for Doguwa/Tudun Wada federal constituency of Kano in the February 25 elections.

Ibrahim Yakasai, the returning officer, had said Doguwa scored 39,732 votes to defeat Salisu Abdullahi, candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), who polled 34,798 votes.

However, as of Tuesday morning, Doguwa’s name was missing from the list of elected house of representatives members released by INEC.

In a comment posted on the list, INEC said Doguwa’s declaration as the winner was made under duress.

The development adds to the list of issues the lawmaker is contending with.

Doguwa is standing trial over alleged criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, unlawful possession of a firearm, mischief, and public disturbance.

On February 28, he was arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport while boarding a flight to Abuja.

He was arrested after police received a report that he allegedly led thugs to set ablaze the secretariat of the NNPP in Kano, with two persons feared dead.

Although the legislator denied any wrongdoing, he was arraigned on March 1, at a magistrate court in Kano and was subsequently remanded in prison.

On Monday, a federal high court granted him bail to the sum of N500 million.

Doguwa is the majority leader of the house of representatives.

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