OWERRI (Sundiata Post) – The Imo State House of Assembly, Tuesday, commenced impeachment proceedings against the State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere over allegations of gross misconduct and dereliction of duty.
In a petition submitted by the Deputy Speaker, Nnanna Ozuruigbo and signed by 13 out of the 27 members of the House, the Deputy Governor was accused of absconding from his office for more than three months without permission and should be impeached.
Other allegations were the refusal by the Deputy Governor to carry out official duties assigned him by the governor, refusal to attend State Executive Council Meetings, refusal to hold meetings with the governor and commissioners and imprisonment for theft in the USA.
Madumere has been having a running battle with his boss, Governor Rochas Okorocha over his governorship ambition which saw him alligning with other politicians against the governor.
Calling for the presentation of the petition, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Acho Ihim, said that the petition has met and surpassed the required 1third as provided in Section 188 (2) 11 of the 1999 Constitution.
The House is made up of 27 members but four members were earlier suspended for “unpaliamentary conduct”.
The House thereafter set up a six-man committee headed by Hon Kennedy Ibe, member representing Obowo Local Government Area, to probe the allegations and report back to the House within seven days.