VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri
An Owerri High Court has ordered the stoppage of the swearing-in of the new Deputy-Governor of Imo State, Mr. Calistus Ekenze scheduled to take place Tuesday, following subsisting matter over the impeachment of the Deputy Governor Prince Eze Madumere.
The Governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha had directed the ministry of justice and the judiciary to ensure the swearing-in of the new Deputy Governor, however, acting like a dog that cannot go back to its vomit, having placed an injunction restraining the speaker and the Judge from carrying out the impeachment exercise, the Chief Judge, Justice Paschal Nnadi turned down the request by the Governor to swear-in the new deputy Governor.
The venue of the Scheduled Swearing-in, the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chamber was full to the brim by guests including Senior government functionaries and APC leaders in the State when the governor’s directive came through the Attorney-General of the State, Barr. M.O. Nlemedim in respect of the Court Order.
The governor had insisted that the interim Order be obeyed not minding some issues raised by Senior Lawyers in the government against the Order, insisting that his administration must continue to obey valid Court Orders and also served on the government or agents of the government.
It should be recalled that the nineteen (19) members of the State House of Assembly had on Monday, July 30, 2018 impeached the former Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere following the submission last Friday, of the report of the Panel that investigated the accusations against him.
It should also be recalled that the Deputy-Governor had earlier got an order against the impeachment process, on July 5, 2018 by a State High Court, but the Order was vacated and described as a “nullity” by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja presided over by Justice O.A Musa onJuly 16, 2018.
The governor has urged all Imo people and all the Parties in the matter to remain law-abiding and allow the law to take its course.