Despite an earlier court order to halt the proceeding, Imo State lawmakers yesterday successfully impeached the Deputy Governor of the state, Eze Madumere
He was sacked by 19 of the 27 members of the Imo House of Assembly.
The sack occurred at about the same time a court in the state barred the lawmakers from removing Mr Madumere from office.
A High Court Judge in Owerri, Benjamin Iheka, gave an interim order restraining the seven-member panel constituted by the chief judge of the state from submitting its report, thus halting the removal proceedings.
Mr Madumere’s counsel, Ken Njemanze, on Monday filed an originating summon over what he described as a constitutional breach in the work of the panel, the New Telegraph reports.
Mr Njemanze explained he had filed an affidavit of urgency and wants justice to be served.
“We are very prepared to go on with the matter and parties have been served with the processes. And due to the nature of the subject matter of this suit, which concerns the office and person of the Deputy Governor.
”And considering that we have filed an affidavit of urgency, I humbly apply that the interest of justice in this matter will be served if the court makes an interim order, directing parties, particularly those served, to maintain status quo.”Mr Njemanze said.
“The court is likely going on vacation from the 31st of July, 2018 and the second to eight respondents, who were appointed by the chief judge, Paschal Nnadi, to investigate the deputy governor, have been inaugurated and sworn-in, to begin their assignment.