Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Ado Doguwa, has defended his recent controversial comment which was captured in a video that went viral.
Doguwa was heard in the video, telling his followers he will deal with them if they don’t vote for APC in the 2023 election.
“To God who made me, on election day, you must vote for APC or we deal with you.”
Making a clarification during an interview on Channels Television, Doguwa said his intention was to motivate supporters, not intimidate them.
He further insisted that they were mere “political semantics” and “rhetoric,” as “sloganeering” cannot be stopped in Kano politics.
“That is not a threat. I would never threaten our electorate. What you don’t know about Kano State (is that) Kano State is one very special political space. We have our special semantics in politics.
“We have the shenanigans we use during electioneering campaigns. Kano State is an aggressive state in terms of politics of ideology. In Kano State, we have our own way or approaches when it comes to campaigns. You must employ and use what will ginger your people.
“We have inherited this from time immemorial. Asking people to vote for APC or we deal with them simply means – like what you can call shenanigans, political brouhaha which we make simply to ‘ginger’ our supporters, to let them feel that we are on the ground and we will get it right.
“I never meant to intimidate, I never meant to threaten any of my voters. I’m a reasonable person. I have been in election processes for the past 32 years and I’ve never used threats or intimidation to win my elections.
“But you cannot take away political shenanigans, brouhaha, and sloganeering in Nigeria’s politics. Nigerians should not take this as a threat. It’s part of our political shenanigans and brouhaha. This is what we call the highlights of democracy in Kano politics and you cannot rule that out.”
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