Imo Judges Refuse To Swear-In New State Deputy Governor
Information from Owerri, the state capital of Imo state, says that all the judges in the state have refused to swear in the new deputy governor of the state.
According to our correspondent, Mr. Eneh Victor Chigozie, the impeached deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere, fought back and obtained an order of the court stopping the swearing in of a new deputy governor, Mr Ekenze scheduled for today.
it was further gathered that as the swearing in ceremony was about to start, the Imo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for justice, Miletus Nlemadim, announced that the state government had complied with a fresh order from the court preventing the Chief Judge of the state, Pascal Nnadi from conducting the exercise.
In the words of Mr. Eneh, “It is really politics of one family versus Ndi Imo.”
ElombahNews had, earlier in the day, reported that a High Court sitting in Owerri had stopped the state Attorney-General from swearing-in Mr. Ekenze.
The court ruling came in on Tuesday morning just as Mr Ekenze was about to be sworn in.
Top government officials had started gathering at Ex-co Chambers of the Government House in Owerri where the swearing-in was supposed to take place as early as 10 am.
But just after 12 pm, news of the court order meant the inauguration could not continue.
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorcha had nominated Mr Ekenze as deputy governor after the impeachment of Mr Eze Madumere.
The Imo State House of Assembly impeached Mr Madumere on Monday when 19 out of 27 members backed his removal.
According to the Speaker, Mr Madumere’s impeachment followed a report of a 7-man panel, constituted by the Chief Judge of the state to investigate allegations of gross misconduct.
Immediately after, the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Acho Ihim, read a letter from Governor Okorocha nominating Ekenze, the Head of Service in the state, as the new deputy governor.