Just In: Court stops swearing-in of new Imo Deputy Gov, Ekenze

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High Court in Owerri stops the swearing-in of Callistus Ekenze, Head of Civil Service of Imo, as Deputy Governor of the state.

Recall that the Deputy Governor Eze Madumere, was impeached on Monday by 19 of the 37 members of the Imo House of Assembly, the station reports.

It was gathered that the Assembly had earlier received a report by a panel set up by the state chief judge which allegedly indicted Mr Madumere of gross misconduct.

Mr Madumere has been having a running political battle with Governor Rochas Okorocha over the latter’s successor in 2019.

While Mr Madumere seeks to succeed Mr Okorocha, the governor reportedly supports his son-in-law.

The crisis worsened during the APC local and state congresses in the state with Mr Okorocha and his deputy supporting separate factions.

Although the APC faction supported by Mr Madumere and a senator, Osita Izunaso, was initially recognised by the national leadership of the party, its election was upturned by the court.

Mr Madumere could not be reached on phone at the time of this report. Repeated calls to his number were unanswered.

Details later…