- The Imo state government has appealed the judgement reinstating the deputy governor of Imo state, Prince Eze Madumere
- Okorocha in a statement had argued that it was wrong for Madumere to sign a release as deputy governor, 48 hours to the APC primary election
- The high court in Owerri had declared the impeachment of the deputy governor of Imo state, Eze Madumere as invalid and of no legal effect
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state on Wednesday, September 26, appealed the judgment of the Owerri high court, nullifying the impeachment of the deputy governor, Eze Madumere.
NAIJ.com gathered that Okorocha revealed this in a statement to newsmen in Owerri, by his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo.
Okorocha argued that it was wrong for Madumere to sign a release as deputy governor, 48 hours to the primary election under the All Progressives Congress (APC) even when he is contesting for governorship.
The statement read: “The judgement on the impeachment of Prince Eze Madumere was delivered on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. We had withheld reaction to that judgement because we needed to read it and acquaint ourselves with the crux of the judgement.
“We have read it and the crux of the judgement delivered by Hon Justice B.C. Iheka is that the chief judge of the state constituted the seven–man investigation panel outside the seven days approved by law. We hold nothing against the trial judge and we shall continue to hold the judge and the Judiciary in general in high esteem.
“We also want to inform the general public that all the relevant parties in the matter have filed their appeals against the judgment and the motion for stay of execution has also been filed.
“We have also read the press statement issued and signed by Prince Madumere himself, which he issued and signed as deputy governor few minutes after the judgement. The fact remains that Prince Madumere is confused. He does not know what he wants."
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, the high court in Owerri declared as invalid and of no legal effect, the impeachment of the deputy governor of Imo state, Eze Madumere.
The presiding judge, Justice Benjamin Iheaka, made the declaration on Tuesday, September 25. There was jubilation within the premises of the court after Justice Iheaka made the declaration.
The chief judge of the state, Paschal Nnadi, and the attorney general of the state, Militus Nlemadim, were flayed by the judge for not adhering to the provision of the section 188(5) of the 1999 constitution as amended in the impeachment of Madumere on July 31, 2018.
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