Weekly political notes

By Guardian Nigeria


Imo Assembly Commences Impeachment Proceedings Against Deputy Governor
The Imo State House of Assembly on Tuesday, commenced impeachment proceedings against the state deputy governor, Eze Madumere.

The House accused the deputy governor of gross misconduct.

Madumere had fallen out with Governor Rochas Okorocha over 2019 succession matters. Okorocha, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governor, is backing his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, against Madumere, who is also in the race.

The deputy governor was said to have pitched tent with another faction to wrest control of the APC from Okorocha during the party’s ward, local government and state congresses.

But the Federal High Court recently cancelled the congresses, following a suit by some supporters of Okorocha and ordered fresh ones.

Chaai, Weekly Political Notes has consistently maintained that with the dynamics of Nigerian politics, Imo APC crisis cannot be said to be over, until it is over. The deputy governor’s impeachment move is obviously a continuation of the battle for the soul of APC in Imo between Okorocha and the forces against him.

Before now, Okorocha’s political enemies, which include his estranged ally and deputy, Madumere had upper hand in the battle, having outsmarted Okorocha in the state congress to install their loyalists as party officials.

But at the party’s national convention, Okorocha bounced back by ensuring that his lackey, Emmanuel Ibediro defeated preferred candidate of his opponents, Senator Osita Isunazo to emerge National Organising Secretary of the party. Isunazo and his cohorts protested, but nothing meaningful happened.

Since then, the cookies appeared to be crumbling faster for Okorocha’s enemies with the court judgment that nullified the state congress, followed by the impeachment move against the deputy governor, Madumere.

With this development, Okorocha and his supporters have once again taken control of the party in the state. But whether this will give Okorocha leverage to install his preferred candidate and son-in-law, Uche Nwosu as his successor in 2019 will be known in the days ahead.

That Okorocha has the last laugh now does not mean that the battle for soul of APC in Imo is over. It is only after the 2019 elections that the victors and the vanquished of the battle would be known.

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