Imo House of Assembly on Monday appointed the Head of Service, Mr Callistus Ekenze as the new deputy governor.
This followed the impeachment of Mr Eze Madumere, over alleged gross misconduct.
But the action was in defiance to the ruling of a state High Court presided over by Justice Ben Iheka on July 30, restraining the legislators and the Chief Judge of the state Justice, Paschal Nnadi, from any further moves regarding the impeachment process, pending the hearing and determination of the matter.
According to NAN, the House explained that it took the decision following the recommendations of the ad hoc committee led by Kennedy Ibeh (Obowo APC) investigating the allegations.
The report of the committee, which was considered during a committee of the whole House stated that Madumere failed to appear before the committee to clear his name in spite of being served on several occasions.
The Ibeh-led committee report read that “Madumere’s failure to appear before it was an admission of guilt.”
The recommendations were adopted by the House following a motion moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Mr Lugard Osuji (Owerri Municipal) and seconded by Mr Lloyd Chukwuemeka (Owerri North).
The decision was “endorsed” by 19 legislators when the Speaker, Dr Iheanacho Ihim asked members to sign their assent to the recommendations of the report of the panel.