The Imo State House of Assembly has impeached the Deputy Governor of the state, Eze Madumere.

19 of the 27 lawmakers in the assembly voted in favour of the impeachment of Madumere at plenary on Monday.

The Speaker of the House, Acho Ihim, said the impeachment followed the outcome of a report of a 7-man panel which was constituted by the Chief Judge of the state to investigate allegations of gross misconduct.

The allegation of gross misconduct was premised on four reasons which included his absence without reasons for a period of three months and a failure to perform constitutional duties like attending state executive and state security council meetings.

Others included his alleged failure to attend meetings with the Governor and other government functionaries as well as an alleged concealment of felonious act in the United States.

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Before, Madumere was impeached,  the House had suspended a lawmaker who kicked against the impeachment process.

Madumere emerged deputy governor following the ousting of Jude Agabso in 2013.

However, his governorship ambition pitched him against Gov Rochas Okorocha.

While Okorocha is rooting for Uche Nwosu, his son-inlaw who is currently his Chief of Staff, 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.

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