Kano Assembly Speaker impeached, replaced by deputy

Kano Assembly Speaker impeached

The Kano State House of Assembly on Monday impeached its speaker, Abdullahi Ata, alongside two other principal officers.

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He was replaced by the immediate-past speaker, Kabiru Rurum, who was impeached over alleged bribery scandal.

Alhaji Alhassan Kabiru Rurum was the deputy Speaker and prior to that was the immediate past Speaker that resigned last year over bribery allegation. He was later exonerated by the committee set up to investigate the allegation.
The 40-member Assembly resumed today from two-month recess, during which the legislators hatched the impeachment plan.

The motion for Mr Ata’s impeachment was raised by a member representing Warawa Constituency, Labaran Madari, and seconded by the lone member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abdullahi Muhammed.

On May 15, 24 members of the assembly signed for Mr Ata’s removal, but the state governor intervened in the crisis.

Mr Ata was elected as speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly in July 2017.

Ata had in May 2018, stated that if the move to impeach him sails through, he will accept it in good faith in view of his background as a Muslim who believes in destiny.

According to him:

“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.”

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