Friday, March 29, 2013

Imo Deputy Governor Jude Agbaso Impeached As Chief of Staff to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Chris Eze Madumere Replaces Him

The members of the Imo State Assembly yesterday voted overwhelmingly to impeach the state’s deputy governor, Jude Agbaso as 25 out of 26 state legislators voted for Mr. Agbaso’s impeachment.

The embattled former deputy governor was accused of acts of grave corruption, including the demand of a bribe of more than N400 million from a contractor. Mr. Agbaso had filed a suit asking a high court judge to bar the legislators from acting to impeach him, arguing that he was a victim of political intrigue and blackmail. The court refused to intervene, leaving the room open for the law makers to send Mr. Agbaso packing.

It was reported that Mr. Agbaso was a fugitive from justice in the United States where he was indicted for fraud. After his installation as deputy governor, Mr. Agbaso hired an attorney who arranged a deal to resolve his indictment. The terms of that resolution were not made public.

A top political figure in Imo State told SaharaReporters that, even though the impeached deputy governor was corrupt, “that was not the real reason he got into trouble.” The source disclosed that political differences between Mr. Okorocha and Mr. Agbaso accounted for the latter’s impeachment.

Following the impeachment, the state governor appointed Chris Eze Madumere who had served as the chief of staff to Governor Okorocha as the new deputy governor.

Well, I heard even though Mr. Agbaso was corrupt  the impeachment didn't following due process so Mr. Agbaso may file a suit sooner than later.


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