The Imo State House of Assembly under the leadership of RT. Hon. Acho Ihim has commenced impeachment proceedings against the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere. The impeachment motion to this effect was moved by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ugonna Ozuruigbo, who stressed that process be served on the embattled Deputy Governor, Prince Madumere, accused him, among other things, of allegedly abandoning his duties and office as the state’s number two citizen for a long time.
The lawmaker representing Oru West LGA, Hon. Donatus Onuigwe, who opposed the impeachment process, was immediately suspended by the Speaker.
The plenary, which was full of anxiety, saw the mobilization of armed security men who barricaded the entry and exit points of the complex. The lawmakers also accused the Deputy Governor also, refusing to carry out official duties assigned to him by the governor, Rochas Okorocha.
The Law makers stated that the Deputy Governor’s refusal to attend State Executive Council Meetings, refusal to hold meetings with the governor, commissioners and imprisonment for theft in the USA, calls for the impeachment process against the Deputy Governor. The Speaker, Hon. Ihim, explained that the petition met and surpassed the required one-third as provided for in Section 188 (2) 11 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The Imo Assembly which is made up of twenty seven (27) members, now have twenty four (24) members excluding those suspended for being sympathetic to the Deputy Governor, Prince Madumere.
It will be recalled that last week the four members were suspended for what the House of Assembly termed “un-parliamentary conduct,” thereby paving way for the impeachment proceedings against the Deputy Governor, Prince Madumere.
A six-man committee headed by member, representing Obowo LGA, Hon. Kennedy Ibe, was set up to probe the allegations and report back to the House within seven days.
Madumere who recently decided to gun for the Governorship slot, fell out with Okorocha who is not comfortable with this disposition. Okorocha who is bent on installing the in-law and chief of staff, Uche Nwosu as his successor is hell bent on dealing with any person that opposes his stand.
In his reaction, the deputy governor of Imo State, Prince Madumere, stressed that the allegation being cropped up by the legislators are spurious and will not stand the test of time. In a release made available to Newsmen, signed by the Special Assistant/CPS to the Deputy Governor, the statement highlighted that the first claim of absence is rather an old ploy of calling a dog a bad name to hang it. “Fortunately, the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere is an administrator per excellence who does joke with his duties especially his constitutional responsibilities”.
“As such he has never absconded from office the period so claimed. He is constitutionally saddled with the responsibilities of superintending Boundary commission. By our records, the Deputy Governor of Imo State has never abdicated from such responsibility. Considering the period under review People of Umuoma of Ihitte-Uboma local government, Ihube of Okigwe local government among others can testify of the Deputy Governor’s sagacity in crises resolution with particular reference to April 11, April 16 2018”.
His words, “His Excellency also participated in one day retreat for Stakeholders in the management of Nigeria boundaries, which held in the Airforce Conference Center, Abuja on May 7, 2018 in the company of the Surveyor General of the State and the Principal Secretary to the Deputy Governor.
Refusal to attend Constitutional mandated proceedings of the State Executive Council is also one of the allegations that cannot stand any administrative procedure. There are laid down procedures through which a Deputy Governor or any member of the executive Council can be invited for Executive council meeting. We hereby state that the Deputy Governor has never been invited for such meetings either through a memo or any official notices and thereby cannot stand against the deputy governor with the period in review”.
According to the Deputy Governor, “as stated above, the Deputy Governor can only attend a meeting he is officially invited to and he is no spirit to know when meetings are slated except he is duly informed”.
“Refusal to attend, and to hold meetings with the Governor is to say the least another exercise in triviality as the Deputy Governor cannot force himself on the Governor especially when he has been tagged a pariah in the Government circle. We state here that Governor Okorocha has never created such opportunity to meet with the Deputy Governor to discuss the programmes and activities of the Government other than the once we embarrassingly hear by the road side and other sources. To this extent, where the Deputy Governor’s inputs are needed, there are right procedures through which he could be reached either through his Principle secretary and other principal officers or directly to the Deputy Governor”.
The Deputy Governor revealed that the most embarrassing among the spurious allegations is the annoying allegation of concealment of felonious conduct affecting the presentation of self as eligible candidate of office of Deputy Governor of Imo State. This is not only astonishing but an extreme show of lack of due diligence. The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere has never been convicted of any civil matter let alone theft.
“We are pained to state that two times the Deputy Governor had to go through the pains of losing his freedom in detention were all in the course of saving Owelle Rochas Okorocha from public disgrace. He rather had to carry Okorocha’s cross and bore his shame. It will be recalled that Prince Madumere shortly after Achike Udenwa’s victory at the polls in 1999 where he had to face contempt of Court for failure to make it to the court. He was in detention in the United States for about one month all because he was delayed by Governor Okorocha. To the glory of God, Prince Madumere was acquitted of any wrong doing”.
“We are pained to state that two times the Deputy Governor had to go through the pains of losing his freedom in detention were all in the course of saving Owelle Rochas Okorocha from public disgrace. He rather had to carry Okorocha’s cross and bore his shame. It will be recalled that Prince Madumere shortly after Achike Udenwa’s victory at the polls in 1999 where he had to face contempt of Court for failure to make it to the court. He was in detention in the United States for about one month all because he was delayed by Governor Okorocha. To the glory of God, Prince Madumere was acquitted of any wrong doing.
The second time he had to stoop that Governor Okorocha may be spared of the humiliation of getting incarcerated, Prince Madumere again yielded and was detained for almost two months on phony charges, which he also been absolved of all charges”.
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