An Owerri high court has nullified the impeachment of Eze Madumere, deputy governor of Imo state.
According to Benjamin Iheka, the presiding judge, Madumere’s impeachment did not follow due process, therefore making it illegal.
The judge faulted Paschal Nnadi, chief judge of the state, and Militus Nlemadim, the commissioner for justice, for not adhering to the provisions of section 188(5) of the 1999 constitution as amended in the impeachment.
You will recall that on July 10, 2018 the state house of assembly commenced impeachment proceedings against the governor and on July 31, 2018 the lawmakers announced that he had been removed.
Madumere emerged deputy governor following the ouster of Jude Agabso.
But his governorship ambition has pitched him against Rochas Okorocha, the incumbent governor.
While Okorocha is rooting for Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law, Madumere is banking on the support of some influential politicians in the state.
Okorocha and Madumere belong to two different factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.