Armed policemen take over Kano State Assembly Complex
May 14, 2018
The Kano State House of Assembly has been sealed off by Police, following alleged moves to impeach the speaker, Abdullahi Yusuf Ata by some members of the house.
However, sources close to the House who confided with this reporter said that as at Sunday night, 21 lawmakers have duly signed in support of the impeachment of the speaker.
It was further confirmed that already the principal officers of the house have been impeached having got the 21 lawmakers’ signatures for their impeachment.
“The principal officers have already been impeached by the signatures of 21 lawmakers. All what we need now is only six members to meet the requirement of 2/3 to impeach the speaker without delay, “
On why the lawmakers resolved to impeach the leaders of the house, the source said, “The reasons are many but the major one is incompetence. The speaker has virtually 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 constituencies.”
Reacting to the impeachment move, the speaker of the House of Assembly, Ata, noted that as Muslim, who believe in destiny, he will accept his impeachment in good faith.
Ata, who spoke to newsmen said, the attempt by some members of the house to impeach him has nothing g to do with competence as alleged.
He said “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 is my belief.
“My happiness is that I didn’t 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.
However, the fierce-looking policemen have laid siege to the house, as both the exit and entrance of the house was under lock and key.
The move to seal the house, according to sources, was to possibly avert the impeachment of the speaker, as members has been forced to proceed on one month recess.
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.
“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.
“The Adjournment is to allow members prepare for the month of Ramadan and Idil-Fitr.
“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, “said the statement signed by its Director of Press, Ali Bala Kofar Kudu.