By Chidi Nkwopara,
OWERRI – The impression created by the Imo State Government that the swearing-in of the newly appointed deputy governor designate, Mr. Callistus Ekenze, was scuttled by a fresh court order, has been described as “misleading, mischievous and diversionary “.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Uche Onwuchekwa, embattled Prince Eze Madumere, said “it is misleading, mischievous and diversionary for Imo State Government functionaries to link the bizarre outing to a fresh court order”.
According to Madumere’s CPS, “the government functionaries only issued lies from the pit of hell”, adding that there is no other court order in respect to the suits already filed.
“The Office of the Deputy Governor of Imo State, wishes to correct an impression making the rounds that the Court Order restraining the Chief Judge and other parties involved in the illegal swearing-in of the purported candidate for the Office of the Deputy Governor, is fresh.
From our record, there is no known court of competent jurisdiction that granted such a restraining order on Tuesday, July 31, 2018”, the CPS said.
He called on the general public to disregard the said misleading information expressed in the press release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Imo State, Sam Onwuemeodo, as well as the briefing addressed by the state Attorney General, Mr. Milletus Nlemadim, SAN.
“The fact is that the restraining order was granted in the early hours of Monday, July 30, 2018, at about 11am, at the High Court 8, Imo State High Court, Owerri, during a court sitting presided over by Hon. Justice Benjamin Iheka”, Onwuchekwa recounted.
He equally recalled that Justice Iheka granted the prayers of Prince Ken C. O. Njemanze, SAN, restraining the Chief Judge, Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, members of Imo State House of Assembly, the seven-man panel of inquiry involved in the matter, from taking any further action that bother on the impeachment proceeding against the Deputy Governor, Prince
Eze Madumere, until the determination of the matters before it.
“We were taken aback by the illegal and shameful action of few members of Imo State House of Assembly led by Hon. Acho Ihim, who, in a show of disdainful rascality, embarked on the purported removal exercise, despite a court order from a court of competent jurisdiction”, Onwuchekwa said.
The CPS further disclosed that Prince Madumere, through his lead counsel, Prince Njemanze, SAN, had filed an Originating Summons, How/565/2018, Eze Madumere versus the Chief Judge of
Imo State and 9 others, with another motion on notice for interlocutory injunction, challenging the constitutional breaches vis-a-vis the said impeachment procedures, which were observed in breach.
“For justice to prevail, the Court invoked it’s inherent powers and handed down the order, so as to ensure that justice is served to the parties involved in the suit”, Onwuchekwa said.
He reminded the government functionaries to acknowledge the fact that they erred by refusing to obey the court order, which is tantamount to contempt of court punishable by our extant laws.
“We also urge them to honourably accept that the whole exercise was not only shameful and illegal but has made the state a laughing stock in the eyes of the civilised world. It is also not nice that the Attorney-General of the State, rather than acknowledge the illegality of the whole exercise, chose to feign ignorance of the subsisting Court Order while he was physically present and his position recorded, when Justice Iheka issued the Order, due to his refusal to guarantee that the seven-man panel would not sit until the matter before the court is dispensed with, for justice sake.”