Kano Assembly crisis: Plot to impeach Speaker fails, two principal officers removed

May 16th, 2018

From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano

The was a mild drama in Kano State House of Assembly on Tuesday, as  24 aggrieved members failed to impeach the speaker, Yusuf Abdullahi Ata, but succeeded in removing the Chief Whip and Deputy Majority Leader from their positions.

The aggrieved members could not meet the required 27 signatories to form the 2/3 majority to impeach the Speaker, rather, they stormed the Assembly complex and facilitated the immediate removal of two principal officers, the chief whip, Hon. Labaran Abdul Madari (Warawa constituency)  and Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Muhammad Bello Butu-Butu (Rimin Gado/Tofa constitutency).

It was however gathered that their move was to pave way for the eventual impeachment of the Speaker, Yusuf Abdullahi Ata.

The State House of Assembly, which was still under siege, when the convoy of the members, led by the former Speaker, Alhassan Rurum arrived at about 11:00 am, swung into action in their attempt to gain entrance into the complex, but were barred from gaining access  by stern-looking security operatives.

An argument then ensued, in which the Commissioner of Police, through a telephone conversation with the former Speaker, instructed the security men to allow the members to address the press outside the assembly complex.

The spokesperson of the aggrieved members Alhassan Rurum, said “we are still gathering momentum in ensuring that we get the required members as such ‘no retreat no surrender’.

“We have removed the two principal officers, that is the Chief Whip and the Deputy Majority Leader. We have gotten the required number of signatories, 24, to that effect as such we have simple majority.”

“To impeach the Speaker, we need 27 out of the 40 members of the House to do that, so far so good, we have 24 members who have endorsed for the impeachment of the Speaker. That is below the number needed but with that number we can impeach other Principal Officers.” He noted.

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