Kano lawmakers vote to impeach speaker

Kano lawmakers vote to impeach speaker

- The speaker of Kano House of Assembly, Alhaji Abdullahi Yusuf Ata, may be impeached

- There are reports that 21 lawmakers have signed in support of the impeachment of the principal officers

- According to a source, the lawmakers want to impeach the speaker because of his incompetence

Members of Kano state House of Assembly have reportedly voted to impeach the speaker of the house, Alhaji Abdullahi Yusuf Ata.

Legit.ng gathers that the vote to impeach Ata was secretly done on Sunday night, May 13.

Daily Trust reports that 21 lawmakers have signed in support of the impeachment and a source confirmed that already the principal officers of the house had been impeached having got the 21 lawmakers to sign for their impeachment.

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The source said: "We have already impeached the principal officers by having 21 lawmakers sign for their impeachment and we are needing only six members to make the requirement of 2/3 to impeach the speaker."

The source also blamed incompetence as the reason Ata is about to be impeached by other lawmakers.

"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."

Some armed policemen have been sent to seal the complex of Kano state House of Assembly, and the security authorities have taken over the premises since 2am, Monday morning.

The police PRO, SP Magaji Musa Majia, confirmed deployment of police to the assembly.

Majia said: "We deployed our men to the Assembly to ensure that nobody break law and order. We need peace in the state and therefore we will not allow anybody to temper with existing peace and harmony being enjoyed by the people in the state."

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Legit.ng earlier reported that General Yakubu Gowon (retd), Nigeria’s former head of state, cautioned against the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari or removal of other elected officials; stating that such an eventuality would not augur well for the country’s democracy.

He made the comments as he received members of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA) in a courtesy visit on Thursday, May 3, in Abuja.

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Source: Legit.ng

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