Okorocha Begs Court To Uphold Deputy’s Impeachment
Governor Rochas Okorocha has not only succeded in impeaching his deputy Eze Madumere, he wants the impeachment to be upheld by the court.
He has asked Justice Benjamin Iheaka of the Owerri High Court to uphold the legislative decision.
At the resumed sitting, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Miletus Nlemadim, opposed the demand for hearing to commence into the matter as proposed by Madumere’s counsel, Ken Njemanze, SAN.
Urging the court to uphold Madumere’s impeachment, Nlemadim said the Chief Judge, Paschal Nnadi, acted in tandem with the constitutional provisions by constituting a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations leveled against Madumere by the state House of Assembly.
According to the Attorney General, the seven-man panel was not constituted within the seven days’ time frame due to an order of a high court in Abuja restraining the CJ from setting up the panel.
He reminded the court that the order was vacated by the same court on July 18, which empowered the CJ to constitute the panel two days after, July 20.
He said, “The panel sat accordingly, investigated the allegations against the Deputy Governor and gave a report. Based on the report of the panel, the Deputy Governor was impeached by the state House of Assembly.
Both the chief judge and members of the panel were not duly served the originating processes of the plaintiff.”
He urged the court to rely on the facts he presented to dismiss the suit and uphold the impeachment as carried out by the state legislature on July 31.
In fixing a date for the judgment, the presiding justice instructed all the parties to submit their phone numbers to the court to communicate a new date.
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