- Rochas Okorocha has prayed a Federal High Court sitting in Owerri to uphold his former deputy's impeachment
- The attorney general of the state also opposed the demand for hearing to commence into the matter
- He said the chief judge of the court, Paschal Nnadi, acted in tandem with the provisions of the constitution
The governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Owerri to uphold the impeachment of his deputy, Eze Madumere.
Okorocha, at the resumed hearing on Monday, September 3, asked that Madumere's impeachment be upheld by the court.
Also, the attorney general of the state, Justice Miletus Nlemadim, opposed the demand for hearing to commence into the matter as proposed by Madumere’s counsel, Ken Njemanze.
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Punch reports that Nlemadim said the chief judge of the high court, Paschal Nnadi, acted in tandem with the provisions of the constitution.
He said the constitution of a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations levelled against Madumere by the state House of Assembly was not constituted within the seven days’ time frame due to an order of a high court in Abuja.
Nlemadim said: “The panel sat accordingly, investigated the allegations against the deputy governor and gave a report. Based on the report of the panel, the deputy governor was impeached by the state House of Assembly.
"Both the chief judge and members of the panel were not duly served the originating processes of the plaintiff," Nlemadim said.
However, the counsel representing Madumere prayed the court to declare a report by the panel illegal. He alleged that the state lawmakers undermined an order of the court.
“The chief judge does not have the right to set up the panel since there was a subsisting court order restraining him from setting up such a panel.
“The report of the purported panellists fell short of standard as the document was neither signed nor were the panellists named in the report," Njemanze said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Madumere had accused Okorocha of masterminding his impeachment by the state House of Assembly on Monday, July 30.
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.
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