Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri
The Imo State House of Assembly has officially served impeachment notice on the deputy governor of the state, Eze Madumere.
This is even as hundreds of the deputy governor’s supporters took to the major roads in the state capital on Tuesday to protest the impeachment proceedings.
The impeachment notice, which was served on the deputy governor through a substituted means (newspaper publications) on Tuesday in Owerri was signed by the Speaker, Acho Ihim; and and 13 other lawmakers.
When our correspondent visited the office of the deputy governor on Tuesday afternoon, the notice of “gross misconduct” was pasted at the entrance to his office.
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Other lawmakers who signed the impeachment notice are: Ugonna Ozuruigbo (Nwangele); Chinedu Offor (Onuimo); Ikechukwu Amuka (Ideato South ); Lawrence Duruji (Ehime Mbano); Uche Ejiogu (Ihittte Uboma); Henry Ezediaro (Oguta); Maxwell Odunze(Orlu) and Lloyd Chukwuemeka (Owerri North).
Others are: Chika Madumere (Nkwerre); Uju Onwudiwe (Njaba); Nogozi Obiefule (Isu); Victor Onyewuchi (Owerri West); and Arthur Egwim (Ideato North).
The impeachment notice was titled, “Notice of gross misconduct,” and it outlined the alleged misconduct and addressed to Madumere.
The notice of service, the Speaker said, was in pursuant of Section 188(2)(b) of the 1999 constitution.
It reads in part: “Take notice that pursuant to Section 188(2)(b) of the 1999 constitution, I Right Honourable Acho Ihim, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Imo State of Nigeria, do hereby serve upon you Prince Eze Madumere, Deputy Governor, Imo State of Nigeria, the notice of misconduct, duly issued under the hand of not less than one-third of the members of the Imo State House of Assembly.”