Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has formally reacted to the controversy over the alleged plot to impeach his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere, saying such an impeachment would be of no political benefit to him or anybody else. Okorocha, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, described the report of the purported impeachment plot as disdainful and ridiculous. He said: “We have also been inundated with calls on the issue for reaction and for reasons best known to us we decided to remain calm until now.
“And interestingly, those mentioned to be behind the imagined impeachment plan are Hon. Obinna Mbata, Commissioner for Finance and Hon Luggard Osuji, representing Owerri Municipal Constituency in the State House of Assembly. “A day before the nonexistent impeachment plot, Obinna Mbata and Luggard Osuji, had led the APC officials and leaders in Owerri Municipal Council to endorse Chief Uche Nwosu for the 2019 governorship in the state.
That is the only reason two of them have now become ‘State House of Assembly of 27 members’ to impeach the deputy governor. “You also ask and innocently too, of what political value will the impeachment of the Deputy Governor now add to anybody or organisation in the state at the moment.” Onwuemeodo said those who came up with the impeachment story with the hope that it would help them in their ambition are also the ones marketing it.
He said: “The point is that anybody who thinks that he can win the governorship election in the state in 2019 without the contribution of Governor Rochas Okorocha should go and do what Rochas did in 2011 by taking the ticket of APGA and winning the election and in 2015 when he joined APC in a zone that was dominated by PDP and also won his election. That is the best option now.