19 out of 27 lawmakers of the Imo state house of assembly impeached the deputy governor of the state, Eze Madumere, over various allegations.
This took place at the house plenary on Monday after they had commenced impeachment proceedings against Madumere following a motion moved by the deputy speaker, Ugonna Ozuruigbo on July 10th.
The deputy governor was accused of abandoning his duties for a long time and refusing to carry out official duties assigned to him by the governor, among others.
The house set up a six-man committee headed by Kennedy Ibe, member representing Obowo local government area, to probe the allegations and report back within seven days.
Earlier, Acho Ihim, the speaker, suspended a lawmaker who kicked against the impeachment process.
Before now, the house had suspended the pro-Madumere lawmakers who are in the minority.
Madumere emerged deputy governor following the ousting of Jude Agabso.
However, his governorship ambition pitched him against the current governor, Rochas Okorocha.
While Okorocha is rooting for Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law who is currently his chief of staff, Madumere is banking on the support of some influential politicians in the state.
Okorocha and Madumere belong to two different factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.