Uneasy calm in Owerri … As lawmakers perfect plans to impeach Imo Deputy Gov

There is uneasy calm in Owerri, the capital city of Imo State, as the state’s lawmakers perfected plans to impeach the Deputy Governor of the state, Prince Eze Madumere.
Already, there have been pockets of demonstrations against the move.
In one of the protests, a pro-Madumere group blocked the entrance to the Imo State House of Assembly Complex, shouting on top of their voices against the impeachment moves.
At the wake of the protest, police barred movement into and out of the Assembly Complex, restricting newsmen who trouped in to cover the event.
One of the protesters told Christian Voice that the allegations against Madumere were absurd, blaming it on the dangerous politics which the present administration had introduced in the state.
“We want democracy. Enough of this impunity. Imo belongs to all of us. Selfish interests must stop prevailing here. The deputy governor has the right to aspire to the governorship position”, he said.
The move, however, came to a head when the Assembly took steps to ask the Chief Judge of the state to set up a panel to investigate the allegations against the deputy governor.
About 19 members were said to have backed the move after the adoption of the House adhoc committee report on the issue which stated that the deputy governor had a prima-facie case to answer.
They focused on two allegations bothering on his absence from office for 90 days without reasons and his alleged refusal to attend both the state exertive council and security meetings.
The impeachment moves had been brewing since the return of the government officials from the All Progressives Congress (APC) convention in Abuja, where two factions of the Imo branch of the party clashed.
Reports are that the governorship ambitions of the deputy governor had not gone down well with Governor Rochas Okorocha of the state who is projecting his son-in-law and chief of staff of the state’s Government House, Chief Uche Nwosu, for the position, come 2019.
The Deputy Governor’s  special assistant on media, Uche Onwuchekwa, who reacted to the impeachment move, stated that Prince Madumere had not been served the notice as at Thursday.
He stated that the Deputy Governor was away and would react personally when served.
He, however, in an earlier reaction stated  thus:
The office of the Deputy Governor of Imo State has received the notice of gross misconduct being circulating round the State and on various platforms on  social media platforms signed by 13 members of Imo State House of Assembly that bothers on the following:
1.     Absence without official reason or permission duly obtained from office for a period of three (3) months.
2.     Failure to perform any of the constitutional function of Office of Deputy Governor of Imo State including but not limited to:
a.     Failure/refusal to attend constitutionally mandated proceedings of the State Executive Council;
b.     Failure/refusal to attend constitutional mandated proceedings of the State Security Council.
3.     Refusal to attend, and to hold meetings with the Governor and Commissioners of the Government of Imo State for the governance of Imo State made compulsory by and under S.193 (2) of the 1999 Constitution
4.     Concealment of felonious conduct affecting the presentation of self as eligible candidate of Office of Deputy Governor, Imo State, having been convicted and imprisoned for theft in the United States of America.
We hereby respond as follows:
1.     The first claim of absence is rather an old ploy of calling a dog a bad name to hang it. Fortunately, the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere is an administrator per excellence who does joke with his duties especially his constitutional responsibilities. As such he has never absconded from office the period so claimed. He is constitutionally saddled with the responsibilities of superintending Boundary commission. By our records, the Deputy Governor of Imo State has never abdicated from such responsibility. People of Umuoma of Ihitte-Uboma local government, Ihube of Okigwe local government among others can testify of the Deputy Governor’s sagacity in crises resolution with particular reference to April 11, April 16 2018.
His Excellency also participated in one day retreat for Stakeholders in the management of Nigeria boundaries, which held in the Airforce Conference Center, Abuja in the company of the Surveyor General of the State and the Principal Secretary to the Deputy Governor.
2.     A. Refusal to attend Constitutional mandated proceedings of the State Executive Council is also one of the allegations that cannot stand any administrative procedure. There are laid down procedures through a Deputy Governor or any member of the executive Council can be invited for Executive council meeting. We hereby state that the Deputy Governor has never been invited for such meetings through either a memo or any official notices and thereby cannot stand against the deputy governor.
B. Like we said above, the Deputy Governor can only attend a meeting he is officially invited to and he is no spirit to know when meetings are slated except he is duly informed.
3.     Refusal to attend, and to hold meetings with the Governor is to say the least another exercise in triviality as the Deputy Governor cannot force himself on the Governor especially when he has been tagged a pariah in the Government circle. We state here that Governor Okorocha has never created such opportunity to meet with the Deputy Governor to discuss the programmes and activities of the Government other than the once we embarrassingly hear by the road side and other sources. To this extent, where the Deputy Governor’s inputs are needed, there are right procedures through which he could be reached either through his Principle secretary and other principal officers or directly to the Deputy Governor.
4.     The most embarrassing among the spurious allegations is the annoying allegation of concealment of felonious conduct affecting the presentation of self as eligible candidate of office of Deputy Governor of Imo State. This is not only astonishing but an extreme show of lack of due diligence. The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere has never been convicted of any civil matter let alone a criminal matter.
We are pained to state that two times the Deputy Governor had to go through the pains of losing his freedom in detention were all in the course of saving Owelle Rochas Okorocha from public disgrace. He rather had to carry Okorocha’s cross and bore his shame. It will be recalled that Prince Madumere shortly after Achike Udenwa’s victory at the polls in 1999 where he had to face contempt of Court for failure to make it to the court. He was in detention in the United States for about one month all because he was delayed by Governor Okorocha. To the glory of God, Prince Madumere was acquitted of all allegations. We  also challenge the members of the House of Assembly to produce the verdicts of the court that convicted Prince Madumere.
The second time he had to stoop that Governor Okorocha may be spared of the humiliation of getting incarcerated was on the even of 2011 Gubernatorial elections, Prince Madumere again yielded and was detained for almost two months on phony charges, which he has also been absolved of all charges.