Former Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, has stated that winning an election is not just about the number of votes cast, but also about following the rules of the game.
Doguwa made this statement on Channels TV while reacting to the ongoing controversies surrounding the 2023 elections in Kano State.
Controversy and legal tussle have trailed the issue of who is the authentic winner of the Kano State governorship election. This issue became more serious after both the Election Petition Tribunal and Appeal Court sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, declaring Nasiru Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the legal winner of the poll which have generated serious kicks from various quarters.
Speaking on Channels TV program, Doguwa said, “For me when you ask me about what is going on in Kano, the going on is usual, Kano has always been progressive, proactive state in terms politics and ideology. When it comes to issues of this nature, controversies are always the landmark of our own kind of politics and everyone is entitled to his own opinion,” he said.
“What our people may fail to understand or some of our people are lacking in understanding is that elections especially in a democratic setting like the one we are operating in Nigeria is always about rules of the game, is not just about I won election.
“Winning election can be contesting to win an election under the laid down rules and regulations as provided in the electoral act and in the constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria. It is also part of what you must have to abide by to win free and fair election.
“Free and fair election is not only about counting ballots alone more or less even when the votes were counted yet there were some votes that were said to illegal votes.
“So you must have to accept the fact that yes what obtains in our own kind of politics and democracy and even beyond Nigeria is about following the rules of the game.”