Impeachment: Kano lawmakers settle differences

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Kano State House of Assembly complex
Kano State House of Assembly complex

By Tukur Muntari

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje has waded into the crisis that almost engulfed the Kano State House of Assembly following a threat by aggrieved lawmakers to impeach the speaker and his deputy.

The spokesman of the aggrieved legislators and former Speaker of the House, Alhaji Kabiru Rurum, announced at a news conference in Kano on Wednesday night that the lawmakers have agreed to shelve their plan to impeach the Speaker, Alhaji Yusuf Ata, after the governor’s intervention.

“We wish to inform you that the Executive Governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje as well as party leadership in the state have waded into the crisis that engulfed our assembly.

“They also ensured that the crisis ended in an no winner no vanquished.

“As loyal legislators of this honourable House, who respect the supremacy of the leadership of the Executive Governor and party leaders in our state, we wish to state that we are in agreement with the decision taken,” he said.

He said the concerned members were fully in support and in agreement with the decision taken during the meeting which took place on Tuesday night, May 15 at the Government House, Kano presided over by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje.

He said the agreement reached at the meeting are as follows:
1.That Yusuf Abdallah Ata (Fagge constituency) should remain as Speaker.
2. That Kabiru Rurum (Rano constituency) to serve as Deputy Speaker.
3. That Mohammed Bello Butu-butu (RiminGado/Tofa constituency) to serve as Majority leader.
4. That Bappa Babba Dan agundi (Kano Municipal constituency) to serve as Chief Whip.
5. That Sanusi Usman Bataiya (Albasu constituency) to serve as Deputy Majority leader.
6. That Ayuba Labaran Durum (Kabo constituency) to serve as Majority Whip.

He, therefore, appealed to all members and the general public to remain calm and assured them of their commitment to the rule of law and total discharge of their legislative duties in the interest of the electorate.

He said the House would reconvene on Thursday, May 17 for deliberation.


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