Nigerian democracy suffered another blow on Monday when despite a High Court order restraining the impeachment panel, the Imo State House of Assembly reportedly impeached deputy governor of the state, Prince Eze Madumere.
Recall that Justice Ben Iheka of the Imo State High Court had on Monday restrained the panel set up by the Chief Judge of the state, Paschal Nnadi, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, and the State House of Assembly from taking any further action in the impeachment process of Mr. Madumere, as deputy governor, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
Journalists were barred from accessing the legislative chambers as the lawmakers impeached Mr. Madumere, who has been at loggerheads with his boss, Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The impeachment motion was reportedly moved by majority leader, Lugard Osuji, who represents Owerri Municipal, and seconded by Victor Onyewuchi, representing Owerri West LGA.
Nineteen other lawmakers supported the motion which removed Madumere from office as Imo State deputy governor.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY was reliably informed by a government source that Mr. Callistus Ekenze, former head of service, will replace Madumere as deputy governor.
Recall that earlier in the day, eight lawmakers of Benue State House of Assembly, aided by a partisan Nigerian Police, had staged a kangaroo session in which they attempted to impeach a democratically elected governor, Samuel Ortom, who recently dumped the ruling party, APC for the PDP.
There has been a culture of disregard of court orders under the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari.