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Day chief whip arrived late for plenary

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Alhassan Ado-Doguwa is the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives. He is like the ‘class monitor’, whose job is to ensure that there is order during proceedings.

He is popular among his colleagues in the House because he constantly ‘harass’ lawmakers who are either gisting or engaging in arguments before or during plenary.

His views on issues are often controversial. He debates on the floor with a passion and tries to sell his views to other members of the House.

He is ordinarily supposed to be among the first set of members to arrive early on legislative days or be in the Speaker’s procession into the legislative chamber.

But, on Wednesday, May 10, the ‘class monitor’ came very late to work. The Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers had long settled down before Ado-Doguwa sauntered into the chamber.

It was not his first time of coming late. This has made Dogara to sometimes appoint other members to act temporarily as chief whip while waiting for Ado-Doguwa.

When he arrived late on May 10 again, Dogara appeared to have had enough.

To make matters worse, Ado-Doguwa went straight to the chair where Dogara was presiding, and tried to whisper into the speaker’s ear.

But, Dogara quickly reprimanded the All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Kano State.

“You are late again? You came late; allow our proceedings to continue,” the speaker said.

Dogara’s reply elicited an outburst of laughter from other lawmakers.

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