The Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Yusuf Ata, is facing recall by the people of his constituency for alleged “lack of respect and consultation” for the people.
Already, 26,356 constituents have signed the recall register, which, leaders of the process said was more than enough to perfect the process.
Mr Ata, who represents Fagge Constituency in the assembly, was elected speaker on July 3 after the resignation of Kabiru Rurum over allegations of collecting money to scuttle the probe of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Leader of the recall process, Abba Hikima said the recall became necessary owing to the speaker’s lack of respect for his constituents, non-consultation and poor representation.
“He doesn’t consult us on issues; he doesn’t give us audience to discuss issues affecting us as his constituents. This is not a good representation,” said Mr Hikima.
Another constituent pursuing the process, Sani Naira said: “There is poor representation from our member; we need to show him that he can be recalled since he has no respect for us.
“He does not give us audience, and achieved nothing in his constituency.
“His major achievement is sponsoring pilgrims for Umra (lesser Hajj). When a lot people cannot afford 3 square meal in Fagge, why will he squander the money meant for constituency projects to sponsor politicians to Mecca?” he asked.
Supporters of the Mr Ata have described the recall process as the handiwork of mischief-makers who are bent on tarnishing the image of the Speaker.
“All shall be well, they will not succeed. The Speaker has come to stay. This is the work of mischief makers and opposition.
“They are not happy with the good work the Speaker is doing,” said Mustapha Fagge, a supporter of the Speaker.
When contacted, the Speaker neither answered a call put to him nor replied a text message seeking his response to the allegations.