AFTER series of intrigues, the newly appointed Deputy Governor of Imo State, 48-year-old Prince Eze Madumere, was sworn-in Saturday amid tight security at the Sam Mbakwe Expanded Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Owerri.
Madumere’s name was submitted to the 27-member Imo State House of Assembly, presided by Benjamin Uwajimogu, after the impeachment of Sir Jude Agbaso, for “gross misconduct of office and bribery”.
He was screened and cleared after a seven–man panel headed by Justice Godwin Ihekire (rtd) submitted a report indicting Agbaso.
Okorocha; Chief Judge, Benjamin Njemanze; Speaker of the Assembly, Uwajimogu; Commissioners and others witnessed the swearing-in event.
Madumere said he would remain loyal to Okorocha whom he described as his mentor of several years. “Circumstance has made me the Deputy Governor of Imo State. I was comfortable as Chief of Staff,” he said. He swore that he never sought to become Deputy Governor.
Madumere wished Agbaso well.
Okorocha said: “This is the day the Lord has made, and we shall rejoice and be glad indeed.”
Okorocha urged the new Deputy not to be selfish, but rather discharge his duties as promised.
He regretted that Agbaso, whom he cherished, was booted out of office in ignominy.
“Let me use this opportunity to wish him well,” the governor said, adding that he stands by the wishes of the people.