Following the petition to the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly against the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, the House has set up a six-member committee to probe allegations contained in a petition for the impeachment of the Deputy Governor.
13 lawmakers out of the 27 on Tuesday initiated impeachment proceedings against Madumere, causing him of gross misconduct and abandonment of duty and absconding from his office for more than three months without permission.
The petition was was addressed to the Speaker was submitted by the Deputy Speaker, Nnanna Ozuruigbo, and signed by 13 out of the 27 members of the House.
The lawmakers also alleged that Madumere of disobedience to his boss, Governor Okorocha, by refusing to carry out official duties assigned him by the Governor, adding that he was convicted and imprisoned for theft in the United States.
The Deputy Governor has been having a running battle with his old time friend and boss, Governor Okorocha, over his governorship ambition which led to his teaming up with other politicians against the Governor in their All Progressives Congress (APC) congresses in the state.
The Speaker of the House, Acho Ihim, said the on Tuesday that the petition met and surpassed the required one- third of endorsement by lawmakers as provided in Section 188 (2) 11 of the 1999 Constitution.
The House has 27 members but four were earlier suspended for “unparliamentary conduct.”
The House also set up a six-man committee headed by Hon Kennedy Ibe, representing Obowo Local Government Area, to probe the allegations and report back to the House within seven days.
The impeachment plot has been brewing for sometime now and is a continuation of the battle for 2019 between the duo.
The House had last month suspended four lawmakers for being allegedly loyal to the deputy governor and opposing the impeachment plot.
The Speaker, Mr. Ihim, accused the suspended lawmakers of engaging in “unparliamentary conduct.