Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje has exonerated himself on the impeachment of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Yusuf Atta. The Governor said he didn’t know anything about the plan to remove the speaker.
There are reports that earlier on Monday, 27 out of the 40 members of the state legislature signed the impeachment notice to remove Atta, representing Fagge Local Government constituency. Speaking to newsmen when he received the new leadership of the assembly, led by the new Speaker, Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, at the government house on Monday, Ganduje said he only received the news through several phone calls.
Ganduje, however, congratulated the new Speaker, urging him to carry everybody along and avoid anything that could hamper the success of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 elections. According to him, it was a thing of delight that the impeachment was conducted peacefully without blows or injuries. “I had no knowledge about what happened in the House of Assembly. It was later I started receiving several phone calls informing me about the development.
“I worked with assembly for 8 years as a deputy governor and 3 years as a governor, so I know how the events of Assembly are. “Nevertheless, I congratulate the beneficiaries leadership and urge the Speaker to carry everybody along in order to tame factions that would affect the success of our great party in 2019. “I am happy that you express your 100% support to our president, Muhammadu Buhari and his candidature in 2019. I am happy about this statement,” he noted. Earlier in his remark, the new Speaker, Mr Rurum, said he paid the visit to the governor in order to formally present the new leadership of the assembly. He said the new Deputy Speaker is Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari, representing Makoda Local Government Constituency, the new Majority Leader is Baffa Babba Danagundi of Kano Municipal Constituency.
He added that the new Deputy Majority leader is Kabiru Hassan Dashi of Kiru Local Government Constituency. The Chief Whip, according to Mr Rurum was Labaran Abdul Madari of Warawa Local Government Constituency. Mr Rurum however claimed that the impeachment of Mr Ata was not done with a sinister motive, noting that it was conducted solely for the development of the state. The new speaker also assured the assembly’s total support to Ganduje and Buhari in 2019 elections, restating commitments to establish synergy with the state government for the development of the state.
It would be recalled that the assembly attempted to impeach the embattled Mr Atta on May 17 this year when 24 out of the 40 members signed for his removal, but he was saved by Mr Ganduje.