* Deputy Gov’s supporters storm Assembly
Members of the Imo State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, directed the state Chief Judge, Justice Pascal Nnadi, to set up a seven – man panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct leveled against the state Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere.
The legislators further claimed that there was prime facie case against Madumere.
This is even as supporters of the embattled Deputy Governor from different parts of the state staged a protest on Wednesday at the assembly premises, saying that the plot was instigated by Governor Rochas Okorocha to impeach the deputy Governor because of his opposition to the foisting his son in-law on the state as his successor.
According to them, all the allegations against the deputy governor were cooked up,
The Speaker of the State Assembly, Chief Acho Ihim, gave the directive during the House plenary session with 18 members in attendance who unanimously adopted the recommendations of the House Ad- hoc committee chaired by Hon. Kennedy Ibe, Obowo state Constituency.
The ad-hoc committee was on Tuesday tasked to investigate the petition of gross misconduct against the deputy Governor brought before the House by 13 members.
The Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon. Lugard Osuji, representing Owerri Municipal state constituency, had earlier moved a motion and was supported Hon. Lloyd Chukwuemeka of Owerri North state constituency that the House be dissolved into committee of whole to consider the recommendations of the Ad-hoc committee.
Hon. Ihim then said, “With the adoption of the ad-hoc committee’s report by the committee of the whole which has stated that Deputy Governor has a prima facie case to answer and should be therefore investigated on two of the allegations bordering on the absence from his office for 90 days without reasons and his refusal to attend both state Executive council meetings and the state security meetings.
“The House also directed that the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Pascal Nnadi, to set up a 7-man panel of people with impeccable character and integrity to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct against the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere”.
Meanwhile, the House has adjourned to July 17, 2018.
But as lawmakers in the Imo State House of Assembly converged at the hallowed chambers to continue to proceedings of impeaching Madumere, his supporters, mainly from his constituency, stormed the premises of the Assembly to protest what they termed unwarranted and illegal plot to impeach the deputy governor.
They protesters maintained that the allegations leveled against the deputy governor are not true and baseless. They urged the lawmakersto reverse their decision on the plot to impeach the deputy governor for peace to reign in the state.
But they were quickly dispersed by riot policemen who later barricaded the entrance to the state House of Assembly.