The Kaduna State House of Assembly on Tuesday suspended two of its members indefinitely for allegedly engaging in some ‘manipulative activities’. The affected lawmakers are: Bityong Nkom (PDP-Kaura) and Danladi Kwasu (PDP- Zangon Kataf).
The decision followed a motion of matter of urgent public importance moved by Muktar Hazo, member representing Doka Gabasawa Constituency, APC. Mr. Hazo said the two members were engaged in some activities that were intended to destabilise the assembly and bring it into dispute.
“What they were doing can bring the Assembly into disputes and this Assembly is known nationwide as one of the best and as such we should uphold that.
“In this regards and in order to safeguard the integrity of this great Assembly, I wish to move that Danladi Kwasu and Bityong Nkom representing Kaura and Zangon Kataf respectively be suspended from this assembly till further notice,” he said.
Abdulrahman Haruna (APC-Kawo) seconded the motion, saying “Anybody who wants to create problem in this Assembly, nobody will stop us from taking action against that person. I therefore second the motion.”
The Speaker, Aminu Shagali said that the House has suspended the two members until further notice.
However, a PDP stalwart who pleaded anonymity said: “The State Assembly has done the unthinkable. If Hon. Bitiyong and Kwasu were engaged in activities that will cause disunity, there is the Ethics and Privileges committee that is saddled with the responsibility of investigating any matter before action will be carried out by the House.
“But a motion was moved on mere allegation and seconded and judgement was passed. This is ridiculous and absurd! What we saw today is the gross abuse of procedures and rights.”
The PDP pundit dismissed the suspension alleging that it was a mere political calculation aimed at diverting attention. He pointed to the fact that the suspension is a counter-weight to the resolution of the members of the caucus of the People’s Democratic Party to dissolve the present leadership.
This he said was contained in a letter written to the state assembly to effect a change in the leadership of the House of Assembly on the same day that the suspension was pronounced. He said that, instead of the change requested by the PDP to be affected by the House, a suspension was mischievously announced.
“We, in the PDP have been suspecting Hon. Irimiya Kantiyok of possible cross carpeting, and the role the APC in the State Assembly played further convinced us that they did Kantiok’s and government’s bidding.
“The suspension is counterweight to the change in leadership that was pushed forward by the PDP caucus, which was meant to dethrone Kantiok as the Minority Leader of the PDP and to be replaced by Bitiyong.”