.Ignore court order as protesters block major roads
KELECHI UZOMAH, Owerri
The Imo State House of Assembly has served the deputy governor of the State, Prince Eze Madumere, his impeachment notice.The Imo lawmakers served the embattled deputy governor through a substituted means in an Imo based newspaper, Daily Nigerian Horn of Tuesday publication page 2.
The members numbering in excess of one third of the members of the Imo State House of Assembly in pursuant of the section 188 (2) and ( 1) of the 1999 Constitution, hereby give notice that they were of the opinion that Prince Eze Madumere, the deputy governor of the State has committed gross misconduct in the performance of his functions.
It will be recalled that the Imo lawmakers had last week begun the impeachment move against the embattled deputy governor over alleged absence without official reasons or permission.
Secondly, failure to perform any constitutional function of the office of the deputy governor of IMO State including but not limited to : Failure or refusal to attend constitutional mandated proceedings of the state Executive council; Failure/refusal to attend to constitutional mandated proceedings of the state security council.
Thirdly, refusal to attend, and to hold meetings with the Governor and Commissioners of the government of mo State for the governance of the State made compulsory under section 193(2) of the 1999 Constitution.
Lastly, concealment of felonious conduct affecting the presentation of self as eligible candidate of office of the deputy governor of IMO State, having been convicted and imprisoned, for theft in the United State of America. Hundreds of people in Imo State on Tuesday took to major roads in the state capital, Owerri to protest the planned impeachment of the Deputy Governor even as they insisted that they described Imo House of Assembly as the worst.
The protesters had converged as early as 9am and within minutes, took over the popular Okigwe road, made a brief stop at the Government House roundabout, proceeded to Warehouse roundabout and then made a turn back to their take-off point, the campaign headquarters of Madumere.
The roads include Wetheral, Okigwe road, Assumpta Avenue, and Tetlow roads.They chanted different songs even as they clutched placards and pictures of the Deputy Governor saying the impeachment move by the State House of Assembly through trumped up charges was a grave injustice against Madumere.
Their placards had various inscriptions such as, “Okorocha leave Madumere alone; Okorocha must you foist your son-in-law on Imo people; we are in Democracy not in ‘familiocracy’; We say no to Okorocha’s third term agenda; APC will not accept imposition of family candidate; NWC rise up before we lose Imo to PDP; We appeal to President Buhari to intervene in Imo Situation”, amongst others.
According to the leader of the protesters, Nze Stanley Onuoha insisted that there is nothing wrong if Madumere seeks to pursue his ambition, saying it is only God that gives power.
Onuoha charged Okorocha and other Nigerian politicians to stop playing God in the pursuit of self-aggrandizement, saying “the Deputy Governor is eminently qualified to govern the State with his education, cognate experience and exposure in corporate world, Governance and impeccable strength of character”.On his part, Barr Chidiebere Nworgu lamented that the State is sliding to a one-man business empire where one individual treats Imo people with levity, saying it is time to resist such undemocratic tendencies from Okorocha.
He called on the clergy and the elites to speak out against this injustice against Prince Madumere and other Imolites.He said: “Where has Madumere derailed? This is a man who has been discharging his duties conscientiously coupled with infectious humility. Is it not the same Okorocha that told us that the Deputy Governor does not give him stress, which made him pronounce in various fora that Prince Madumere is his son in whom he is well pleased”, and wondered what changed between now and then.
He, however, said the love lost between Governor Okorocha and Madumere is the latter’s insistence in running for the plum Imo Governorship job as against the Governor’s choice of his son in-law, Chief Uche Nwosu.
According to him, it is the turn of Owerri zone where Madumere hails from, saying the Imo charter of equity must be adhered to, adding that it is the turn of Owerri zone to produce the next Governor in 2019.
Meanwhile, Madumere has secured an injunction against the impeachment move from a Federal High Court in Abuja to halt the process.On their part, the lawmakers have adopted the report of the committee set up to investigate the allegations of abandonment of duties; refusal to hold meetings with the Governor; and refusal to attend official functions levelled against the Deputy Governor.
The House of Assembly had directed the state Chief Judge, Justice Pascal Nnadi to set up a panel to investigate the allegations but it is yet to be complied with.
Meanwhile, reactions from political leaders in the State like former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha; Hon. Henry Nwawuba, member representing Mbaitoli and Ikeduru Federal Constituency, and Senator Victor Umeh of Anambra State have condemned the impeachment move.
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