The Imo State House of Assembly has impeached the Deputy Governor, Mr Eze Madumere, despite a Imo State High Court injunction.
He was impeached on Monday by 19 out of the 27 member-assembly.
The Speaker of the House, Acho Ihim, said the impeachment followed the outcome of a report of a 7-man panel which was constituted by the Chief Judge of the state to investigate allegations of gross misconduct and abandonment of office by the Deputy Governor.
The Speaker Acho Ihim says the impeachment followed the indictment of the report of the 7-man panel constituted by the Chief Judge of the state to investigate allegations of gross misconduct.
The motion for the impeachment was moved by the member representing Owerri Municipal, Hon Lugard Osuji and seconded by the member representing Owerri North, Hon Victor Onyewuchi.
The Deputy Governor was accused of abandoning his official duties for three months without reasons or official permission, failure to perform constitutional duties like attending state Exco and state Security Council, failure to attend meetings with the Governor and other government functionaries and concealment of felonious act in the United States.
Meanwhile, the Imo State High Court on Monday stopped the impeachment process of the state deputy governor, Eze Madumere.
Justice Ben Iheka stopped the panel set up by the Chief Judge of the state, Paschal Nnadi, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, and the State House of Assembly from taking any further action in the impeachment process until the hearing and determination of the suit.
Justice Iheka also directed the three members of the impeachment panel that were yet to be served the motion for interlocutory injunction to respect the suit, which is before the court.
The court adjourned hearing of the case till August 13.
Meanwhile the State Head of Service, Callistus Okenze has been nominated to replace Madumere as the Deputy Governor.
Okenze is from Mbaitoli Council Area, the same with the former Deputy Governor.