Imo Deputy Governor Prince Eze Madumere, who was served an impeachment notice few weeks ago by lawmakers in the state, has been impeached.
Prince Eze Madumere was impeached by 19 of the 37 members of the Imo House of Assembly, after the assembly received a report by a panel set up by the state chief judge which allegedly indicted Mr Madumere of gross misconduct.
However sources claim that the Imo Deputy Governor had a faceo-off with Governor Rochas Okorocha over the latter’s successor in 2019. While Mr Madumere seeks to succeed Mr Okorocha, the governor reportedly supports his son-in-law.
The crisis worsened during the APC local and state congresses in the state with Mr Okorocha and his deputy supporting separate factions. Although the APC faction supported by Mr Madumere and a senator, Osita Izunaso, was initially recognised by the national leadership of the party, its election was upturned by the court.
Prince Eze Madumere reacted to plots to impeach him before now, had stated that he was never imprisoned for theft in the United States of America.The statement said that the deputy governor had not been convicted anywhere in the world of any civil matter, not to mention a criminal one.
Imo Deputy Governor said that the two times he had been clamped into detention, were mainly to save Governor Rochas Okorocha from embarrassment. According to him, the allegations “were just to call the dog a bad name in order to hang it.”
The statement reads in part, “By our records, the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, has never abdicated any of his responsibilities.
“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 via any official notices and thereby cannot stand against the deputy governor within the period in review.
“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.
“To this extent, where the Deputy Governor’s inputs are needed, there are right procedures through which he could be reached.
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.
“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 the two occasions that 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.
“It will be recalled that Prince Madumere, shortly after Achike Udenwa’s victory at the polls in 1999, 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 wrongdoing.
“The second time he had to stoop low so that Governor Okorocha might be spared the humiliation of getting incarcerated, Prince Madumere again yielded and was detained for almost two months on phony charges, which he was also absolved of.”