Governor Rochas Okorocha tried to play a fast one.
His supporters in the Imo state assembly impeached the deputy governor, Eze Madumere, despite a subsisting court order asking them to suspend action till a court suit had been determined. And then they quickly cleared the governor’s nominee, Callistus Ekenze, as replacement.
All that was left was for the state’s chief judge to swear-in Ekenze as new deputy governor. But that did not happen.
The judiciary holds firm
That morning a state high court stopped the swearing-in because the lawmakers did not obey the earlier order. So the chief judge simply complied with the ruling.
Disappointment at the Government House
For over four hours, guests – including Gov. Okorocha – waited at the Imo Government House, Owerri, for the swearing-in. Then the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state, Militus Nlemadium, came with the news that dispersed them: A court ruling had stopped the CJ from swearing-in the deputy governor-designate.
The attorney general told the guests that the government had also gone to court to set aside the order. He was convinced that the order would be vacated that same day. As at the time of writing this, the order still stands.