- The impeached deputy governor of Imo, Eze Madumere, has blamed Governor Rochas Okorocha for his removal from office
- He also chided the state House of Assembly for being a willing tool for political witch hunting in the hands of the governor
- According to Madumere, Governor Okorocha illegally removed him in a Kangaroo manner, against the court order and the rule of law
Eze Madumere, the impeached deputy governor of Imo, has accused the state governor, Rochas Okorocha, of being the mastermind of his “illegal” impeachment by the state House of Assembly on Monday, July 30.
He made the comment via his media aide, Uche Onwuchekwa, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com notes that Madumere chided the House of Assembly for being a willing tool for political witch hunting in the hands of Okorocha. He described the House as a “mere stooge in the hands of the governor,” and pointed out that he was not invited to any of its sittings or those of the seven-man panel set up by the chief judge of the state, Paschal Nnadi.
Onwuchekwa stated: “In disobedience to the restraining order against the chief judge, the seven-man panel, speaker and members of Imo state House of Assembly from further action on the controversial impeachment proceeding against the deputy governor of Imo state, Prince Eze Madumere, the House of Assembly in Gestapo manner, has removed the deputy governor of the state from office.
“The presiding judge of High Court 8, Justice Benjamin Iheka, had restrained the seven-man panel of Inquiry constituted by the chief judge, Hon Justice Paschal Nnadi, the chief Judge, speaker and members of Imo state House of Assembly over a matter brought before the court that bothers on constitutional breaches in the procedure adopted to remove the deputy governor from the office.
“The Acho Ihim-led faction of the members of the House sponsored by Governor Okorocha against the court order and the rule of law, illegally removed the deputy governor in a kangaroo manner.
“Against the requirement of the law, Prince Madumere was not given fair hearing as he was neither invited during the sitting of the investigative committee in the House of Assembly nor by the seven-man panel set up the chief judge.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Eze Madumere was in the afternoon of Monday, July 30, impeached from his position as Imo deputy governor by the state’s House of Assembly.
19 out of the 27 members took the decision to send him parking. The speaker of the House, Acho Ihim, announced that the impeachment was as a result of the outcome of a report by a seven-man panel constituted by the chief judge of the state to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against Madumere.
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