In order to avoid impeachment being chorused by the state House of Assembly, the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, may have resolved to resign from his position.

His decision to resign his position is to make him eligible to contest the governorship election in the state in 2019.

The decision follows the resolve of the House to go ahead with the impeachment process despite several intervention attempts including recent moves from top officials at the presidency and Imo stakeholders to stall the impeachment plot.

The lawmakers’ resolve to go ahead with the impeachment process, it was gathered, was simply aimed at spoiling Madumere’s chances of contesting and winning the governorship election in 2019.

Gov Rochas Okorocha has been accused of instigating the impeachment move against Madumere.

Madumere had vowed to contest the governorship election despite pressures from Okorocha, who is rooting for his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu to succeed him.

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An impeachment notice signed by 13 members of the State House of Assembly had served the deputy governor through newspaper publications, the lawmakers accused Madumere, among others, of:

“absence without official reason or permission duly obtained from office for a period of three (3) months; failure to perform any of the constitutional function of Office of Deputy Governor of Imo State, including but not limited to; 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 Constitution and under S.193 (2) of the 1999 Constitution and 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.”

In his response, Madumere said, among others that “the first claim of absence is rather an old ploy of calling a dog a bad name to hang it,” and that “the Deputy Governor cannot force himself on the Governor, especially when he has been tagged a pariah in the government circle.”

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