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There was apprehension within the leadership of the Imo state House of Assembly as Court voided that suspension of five lawmakers who were against the purported impeachment of the deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere.

There was apprehension within the leadership of the Imo state House of Assembly as Court voided that suspension of five lawmakers who were against the purported impeachment of the deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere.


When Nigeria Moment visited the Assembly complex immediately after the judgment, the area was cold and people were seen discussing the matter in groups. While many expressed confidence in the judiciary, few were skeptical about the aftermath, saying that the seat of the speaker must be at risk. According to them, the speaker may be the next victim, adding that since the end of the APC primaries, peace has not returned at the complex.
Meanwhile, a High Court in Imo State yesterday Monday declared as null and void the suspension of five members of the state House of Assembly. The presiding judge, Justice Goddy Anunihu, declared the processes that led to the indefinite suspension of the five lawmakers as “putting the horse before the cart,” and also awarded N8m as cost against the three defendants.
The defendants in the suit instituted by the embattled lawmakers were: the Imo State House of Assembly, the Speaker, Acho Ihim and the governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha. The affected lawmakers are: Chiiji Collins, Israel Nnataraoye, Nkenna Nzerue, Uche Oguwuike and Donatus Onuigwe. They represent Isiala Mbano, Mbaitoli, Ikeduru, Oru East and Oru West state constituencies respectively.
The lawmakers were, in July, suspended by their colleagues in what the Speaker described as “un-parliamentary conduct.” They were suspended during the crisis surrounding the impeachment of the state deputy governor, Eze Madumere who has since been reinstated by the court. The presiding judge who tongue-lashed the legislature for acting against the law, faulted the setting-up of an investigation team to look into the allegations against the now reinstated lawmakers. Anunihu said that based on the evidence before him, the panel was set up even before the “purported indefinite suspension.”

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