Kano Assembly crisis ends as ex-Speaker becomes Deputy Speaker

From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano

The crisis which rocked Kano State House of Assembly ended on Thursday at a plenary session where the immediate past Speaker, Hon. Alhassan Rurum, became the Deputy Speaker.

Rurum, who resigned his position 11 months ago in controversial circumstances, had led 24 members of the House to impeach the Speaker, Hon. Yusuf Abdullahi Ata.

The failed attempt to impeach Ata, however, consumed the Chief Whip and Deputy Majority Leader.

The intervention of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje saved the House from crisis from getting worse.

About 36 members of the House, including the Speaker, Ata, witnessed the swearing-in of Rurum as Deputy Speaker.

The plenary session which lasted for about an hour saw members from both factions exchanging pleasantries at the end, an indication that peace had, at last, returned to the House.

Announcing the changes in the House leadership, Hon. Ata, who congratulated the new Deputy Speaker, said: “I received information that a new Deputy Majority Leader and Chief Whip have been appointed in the persons of Hon. Muhammad Bello Butu Butu and Hon. Baffa Danagundi of Kano Municipal constituency, respectively.”

The Speaker added that Hon. Sanusi Bataitya would serve as Majority Leader, while Hon. Ayuba Labaran Durum would be the Majority Whip.

After his swearing-in, Rurum said: “I accept this position as the members of the Assembly unanimously agreed.

“I will try my best to harmonise the House and I thank Governor Ganduje and all stakeholders who intervened.

“Today (Thursday) marked 11 months since I stepped down as the Speaker of the House, and I am back as the Deputy Speaker.

“As expected of us, I will discharge my responsibilities without fear or favour and I will carry out my responsibilities as expected,” he said.

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