The attention of the former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, has been drawn to the purported process of impeachment, initiated against the Deputy Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Prince Eze Madumere MFR by the Imo State House of Assembly, visibly on the directive of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The Deputy Governor’s obvious offence is his legitimate aspiration to run for the highest political office in the state, contrary to Governor Rochas Okorocha’s preference of his inlaw, Mr. Uche Nwosu .This unfortunate development is particularly alarming and indeed worrisome to all advocates and defenders of democracy and rule of law in Imo and the nation at large.
It is therefore incontrovertible that this move, being undertaken by Governor Okorocha and Imo House of Assembly is a colossal assault on all known democratic tenets, including freedom of choice, freedom of association and the right of an individual to aspire to any political position in the land. The present, unfathomable and inherent danger lies in the manner Governor Okorocha is wheedling the state lawmakers to plunder the mandate of the people on flimsy, narrow-minded and self-centered basis, contrary to the prescriptions of the relevant sections of the Constitution
The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, guarantees every citizen, the right to aspire to any position or office, as long as the aspirant meets the relevant requirements. Section 143 of the constitution provides that the Governor or his Deputy can only be removed from office by the House of Assembly if any of them is proven to have engaged in “gross misconduct.” The compelling question is whether aspiration to political office amounts to gross misconduct? It is unfortunate that Prince Eze Madumere is a victim of his own political ambition in a constitutional democracy.
It is most regrettable that Imo State is about to have a third Deputy Governor in the life Governor Okorocha’s administration as he has once again, demonstrated his clear intolerance to alternative political stance and viewpoint. And s it is typical of his administration, he has once more dishonorably pushed Imo in the news for the wrong reasons, thus, provoking salient questions, bordering on the institutionalized misrule and impunity that have enveloped the state in the past seven years of his administration.
Regrettably, this episode is coming at a time, one would have thought that Governor Rochas Okorocha would, at the twilight of his failed administration, be pre-occupied more on how to salvage the near ruinous state he is set to leave behind without any legacy to show than to be engaging in duel against perceived political enemies.
Governor Rochas Okorocha’s penchant for intimidation and betrayal is evidently legendary. This was evidenced in the manner, he supervised the impeachment of his former Deputy, Chief Jude Agbaso, whose family provided the platform with which he attained the position of Chief Executive of the state in 2011. It is also the same inclination that accounts for his desperation to remove Prince Madumere who has been known to be his greatest loyalist for over two decades. If he succeeds in impeaching Prince Madumere, that would inappropriately amount to denting the political records of two illustrious sons of Imo within his two-term in office
Governor Okorocha, therefore must stop this open display of gross abuse of power and treatment of Imolites as conquered people who must be humiliated and subjugated. This is manifest in the planned impeachment of Prince Madumere, which in all intents and purposes is irresponsible, undemocratic, illegitimate, irrational, egocentric and therefore should be reconsidered forthwith in the best interest of the state and sustenance of democracy.
May I reiterate my avowed solidarity to fellow democrats, comrades and the good people of Imo State in general in our quest towards rebuilding our state and reassure of my loyalty and commitment to the collective cause and yearning of our people for good governance.
My modest advice to Governor Okorocha is for him to pay more attention to the issues of governance, to save the state from imminent total collapse. And also for him to ensure that the welfare, infrastructural development and security of the people, which constitute the primary purpose of governance, are delivered efficiently, although time is fast ticking against his administration.
Media Aide to Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON.
12th July 2018.