By Ibrahim Sulaiman
No fewer than 32 out of the 40 members of the Kano State House of Assembly signed for the impeachment of the Speaker, Kabiru 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 on Tuesday denied the allegation and threatened to sue this newspaper, although available evidence showed that he shared N2million each to some members before travelling to Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj.
DAILY NIGERIAN reliably gathered that he held a five-hour meeting with the six principal officers of the House at Makkah Hilton Hotel on Tuesday and apologized to them.
Sources said the Chief Whip of the House, Labaran Madari, stood his ground, insisting that the Speaker must go to salvage the image of the House.
Members spearheading the impeachment told DAILY NIGERIAN that the signatures rose from 17 in the last two weeks to 32 on Monday.
“We have gathered enough signatures to perfect our move. The Speaker’s offences are too numerous. It is not the Dangote issue alone. We are just fed up with his numerous offences,” said a member who preferred not to be named.
The House is expected to reconvene on July 7.