Police takeover house complex as Kano lawmakers set to impeach speaker

Armed policemen on Monday took over the Kano State House of Assembly complex over alleged plan by some legislators to impeach Speaker of the house, Alhaji Abdullahi Yusuf Ata,also to cause trouble.

The armed policemen were deployed to the House at about 2am today to prevent members from gaining access into the Assembly Complex.

Source confirmed that already the principal officers of the house had been impeached having got the 21 lawmakers signed for their impeachment.

“We have already impeached the principal officers by having 21 lawmakers signed for their impeachment and we are needing only six members to make the requirement of 2/3 to impeach the speaker.

Reacting to the development, the Kano State House of Assembly said in a statement that the House had adjourned its plenary session from Monday, May 14 to June 30.

“The Kano State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt Hon Yusuf Abdullahi Ata, the Speaker, have adjourned its plenary session from today Monday May 14, 2018 till the end of June 2018.

Asked on why the lawmakers resolved to impeach the leaders of the house, the source said, “The reasons are many but the major one is incompetency. The speaker has completely localised the house.
“We cannot sit until after 2pm and even at that things are not moving as expected. We cannot just continue like that because we are representing our constituents.”

The lawmakers argue that the speaker has been very incompetent in his discharge of duties and have resolved to impeach him. They so far have 21 lawmakers signed for the impeachment and are in need of only six members to make the requirement of 2/3 to impeach the speaker

It would be recalled that Abdullahi Ata succeeded Alhaji Kabiru Alhasssan Rurum, who resigned from office around June last year following an allegation of corruption against him.

In a statement signed by speaker Director of Press, Ali Bala Kofar Kudu.The Speaker enjoined the members and the general public to make good use of the holy month in praying for forgiveness and progress of Kano State and Nigeria at large, “

The embattled speaker says he would accept the outcome of the impeachment process.

In anything there is starting and ending point. If Allah has designed it that my time is off, nobody will extend it by a second and if it is not time, nobody can remove me from office that’s my belief. My happiness is that I did not steal anybody’s money. So, if today, they remove me from office, I will leave but nobody will accuse me of stealing. I have a constituency that I am representing.” he said

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