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BREAKING: Kano Assembly Speaker resigns, Ata elected

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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By Mustapha Usman

The Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Kabiru Rurum, on Monday resigned to save himself from imminent impeachment.

On Sunday, DAILY NIGERIAN exclusively reported that the Speaker would be impeached Monday in an overwhelming vote of no confidence.

The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had met the aggrieved members of the House on Sunday night and endorsed the Majority Leader and member representing Fagge Constituency, Yusuf Ata, as Mr Rurum’s replacement.

Our reporter observed that security was beefed up around the area to prevent break down of law and order.

After reading his resignation letter on Monday, a member representing Dala Constituency, Babangida Yakudima, moved motion for endorsement of Mr Ata. The motion was seconded by a member representing Madobi Constituency, Zubairu Mamuda.

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A member representing Ajingi Constituency, Abdulaziz Gafasa, was then elected as Majority Leader to replace the new Speaker’s former position.

DAILY NIGERIAN reported on June 21 that no fewer than 32 out of the 40 members of the Kano State House of Assembly signed for the impeachment of Mr Rurum, following mounting allegations of corruption, extortion and high-handedness.

Mr Rurum was accused by the members of cornering N100million allegedly given to them by billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote, to shelve the probe of Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

The Speaker was also accused of unilaterally approving the governor’s request to be collecting N9billion monthly overdraft at 15 percent interest rate without subjecting the matter to debate before the Assembly.

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“Apart from the Dangote issue and all other issues, the Speaker committed an impeachable offense of giving approval to the Executive without the endorsement of the House.

“The governor wrote to us seeking permission as required by law to be borrowing huge amount of money monthly. Instead of the Speaker to read the letter before the plenary, he sat on it and single-handedly granted approval to the governor.

“Issue of this magnitude should be subjected the rigors of debate. Giving this approval without the consent of the house is impeachable offence,” added a source.

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