According to Onyeagocha, Madumere’s victory vindicates his earlier stance on the purported impunity and recklessness of the Okorocha government.
Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
Meanwhile a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Uche Onyeagocha, has called for the impeachment of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who he claimed has subjected the state to ridicule by his alleged backing of Madumere’s impeachment.
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According to Onyeagocha, who made his position known through his media aide, MacDonald Enwerem, Madumere’s victory should be dedicated to democracy and vindicates his earlier stance on the purported impunity and recklessness of the Okorocha government.
He said: “I want to quickly implore members of the state assembly to commence an impeachment proceeding against Governor Ethelbert Okorocha. This has vindicated our position on his recklessness and impunity; we commend the judiciary for their boldness and courage. This is a victory for democracy.”
Mr. Chima Anozie also faulted the impeachment procedures of the state lawmakers, whom he said acted “unintelligently.” According to him, “it is a fine judgement. The state assembly members did not follow the normal procedure. They were not intelligent, but I feel this is time is for reconciliation; we need peace in our party.”
A former commissioner in the state, Elvis Agukwe, described the judgement as welcome news to the people of the state. He said: “We commend the judiciary for living up to the expectations of the masses. Okorocha has assumed the life of a full-blown dictator, appropriating the state as a personal empire, opened battles on all fronts with Ndi Imo and treats all without respect. The out-going governor refused to atone for his excesses and continues to carry on as eze onye agwalam (emperor).”
Similarly, the state chapter chairman of APGA, Peter Ezeobi, applauded the judgement, which he said would justify that rule of law exists in the country.
There was jubilation among the supporters of the deputy governor at his Mbaitoli country home. On receiving the news, youths from the area threw an open house party, singing and dancing in the streets.