Majority leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa has made it clear that his alleged murder trial would not stop him from contesting the speakership position of the 10th National Assembly.
Officially announcing his bid in Abuja, Doguwa insisted that he remains innocent of the murder allegations against him until he is proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
“I want to say clearly at this point that the principle of presumption of innocence until one is proven guilty covers me and it does not stop me whatsoever to vie for a position that I know is eminently qualified to vie for.
“But one political point I must stress is that a guilty man who is charged for a case like this would not have gone for a supplementary election and won the way and manner won this rerun.
Doguwa polled 41,573 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Yushau Salisu of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), who got 34,831 votes during the April 15 supplementary election.