Temporary relief came the way of embattled Imo State deputy governor, Eze Madumere on Monday as Justice Ben Iheka of the Imo State High Court 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.
The panel was set up by the chief judge to look into the allegations of gross misconduct leveled against Mr. Madumere by members of the state House of Assembly.
The court, despite the opposition of Imo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Militus Nlemadim (SAN), also directed the three members of the impeachment panel that were yet to be served the motion for interlocutory injunction to respect the suit, which is before the court.
Mr. Nlemadim tried in vain to persuade the court to the contrary, arguing that instead of an interim order, there should be an accelerated hearing, pointing out that the duty of the panel had already been spelled out by the Constitution.
But Justice Iheka granted the request made by counsel to the deputy governor and adjourned till August 13.
Recall that the Imo State House of Assembly on July 10th commenced impeachment proceedings against the deputy Governor.
Mr. Madumere is accused, among other things, of abandonment of his official duties since three months and failure to attend the Imo State Exco meetings. It is also alleged that it has been discovered that he had served prison time in the United States.
The deputy governor has been at loggerheads with his boss, Rochas Okorocha.