The Imo House of Assembly on Wednesday recommended further investigations into the allegations of gross misconduct brought against the Deputy Governor, Mr Eze Madumere, by 13 members of the House. The House made the recommendation following deliberations on the report of an ad hoc committee investigating the allegations, led by Kennedy Ibeh (APC Obowo).
The committee stated in the report that the deputy governor had a “case to answer, given the weighty allegations against him.” It recommended that the Speaker, Dr Iheanacho Ihim (Okigwe APC), should request the Chief Judge of the state to appoint a panel of seven people of “unquestionable integrity” to investigate the allegations, pursuant to section 188 (6) of the 1999 constitution. Following votes in favour of the motion for the adoption of the report by the House, the Speaker called for a division, whereupon members filed out to sign their assent to the recommendations of the report.
The News agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 19 members, including the Speaker, signed in favour of the recommendation, while eight members, including five others who had been suspended, were absent from the proceedings.