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…as Panel submits report
…George Eche may replace Madumere
The process towards impeachment of Imo state deputy governor,Prince Eze Madumere seems to moving smoothly as the adhoc panel constituted by the House of Assembly on Wednesday recommended further investigations into the allegations of gross misconduct brought against the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, by 13 members of the House.
The recommendation followed the submission of report as presented by Hon Kennedy Ibeh(Member for Obowo Constituency) led panel and the deliberations on the said report by the Law makers amid heavy security.
According to the report,the deputy governor had “case to answer, given the weighty allegations against him.”
It recommended that the Speaker, Iheanacho Ihim (Okigwe APC), should request the Chief Judge of the state to appoint a panel of seven people of “unquestionable integrity” to investigate the allegations, pursuant to section 188 (6) of the 1999 constitution.
Following votes in favour of the motion for the adoption of the report by the House, the Speaker called for a division, whereupon members filed out to sign their assent to the recommendations of the report.
Investigations by Imostateonline.com showed that 19 members, including the Speaker, signed in favour of the recommendation, while eight members, including five others who had been suspended, and 3 Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) law makers were absent from the proceedings.
You may recall that a notice of gross misconduct against the Imo Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, signed by 13 legislators, was presented at the Imo House of Assembly on Tuesday by the member representing Nwangele state constituency,Hon Ugonna Ozuruigbo and read by the speaker,Rt.Hon Acho Ihim.
The petition carried several allegations including the embattled deputy governor failing in her constitutional roles by being absent from office for a period of three months without official reason or permission.
Also, he is alleged to have failed to attend constitutionally mandated proceedings of the State Executive Council and proceedings of the state Security Council.
On the list is his refusal to attend and meet with the state governor and commissioners of the state for governance, made compulsory by section 193(2) of the 1999 constitution.
Inaddition,they alleged that Mr Madumere had concealed felonious conduct by presenting himself as eligible for the office of deputy governor, despite his conviction and imprisonment for theft in the United States of America.
The House which held her sitting on Wednesday,july 11,2018 under heavy security as barricading the entrance following protest by some citizen over the continuous suspension of 5 law makers said to be supporters of the embattled deputy governor has adjourned to July 17.
Meanwhile,a source close the state’s seat of power said that the incumbent Secretary to the Government of Imo state and Ngor Okpala local government Area born technocrat turned Politician,Mr George Eche is the likely successor.