…Action illegal, says suspended MPs
Kano Assembly suspends 5 members
By Usman Gwadabe with agency report
Kano State House of Assembly on Monday suspended five of its members for six months over the last week’s rowdy session at the House.
Speaker of the Assembly, Abdulazeez GarbaGafasa who announced the suspension of the members at the Chamber, said they were suspended for misconduct and violation of the House Rules.
Members suspended include, Garba Yau-Gwarmai, APC representing Kunchi/Tsanyawa Constituency, Labaran Abdul Madari, APC representing Warawa Constituency, Isyaku Ali Danja, PDP representing Gezawa Constituency.
The other two members are Muhammad Bello, APC representing Rimin Gado/Tofa constituency and Salisu Ahmad-Gwamgwazo, APC representing Kano Municipal respectively.
According to the Speaker, “the five members were suspended for violating the rules of the House especially Order IV Sub 4 a, b, d and e when they disrupted the sittings of the House and prevented proceedings from going on.
“They behaved violently and even attempted to snatch away the mace in a clear attempt to sabotage the sitting of the House,” Gafasa said.
Meanwhile, one of the suspended lawmakers, Bello Butu-Butu, has described the suspension of the members of the House as “illegal.”
He said: “What actually brought about this during our plenary session on March 9, one of our colleagues sensed a move by the House to go against the Rules.
“He, therefore, raised a point of order which he was denied. He has the right to raise a point of order; it is left to the House to consider what he says or not.
“Order 2, Rule 3 gives him the right to raise such point of order, but he was refused which led to the House into a rowdy session on Monday.
“Secondly, if a member of the House does something wrong and the House wants to suspend him, his offence must be clearly read and presented to the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, which will invite him to defend himself.
“After that if the committee is not satisfied with his explanation the committee then present its reports to the House and no member can be suspended with the adoption of the report by two-third members of the House,” he explained.
Hon. Butu-Butu alleged that due process was not followed by the House, stressing that the Speaker has no right to make such announcement against the Constitution and Rules of the House.
He noted that they were yet to receive any letter regarding the suspension, adding that they are patiently waiting before taking necessary action on the issue.