Madumere opts out of rescheduled Imo guber primaries, backs Hope

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Ezeakonobi Madumere, has said that he will not participate in today’s rescheduled governorship primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Madumere is one of the aspirants in the primaries.

In a statement he issued on behalf of the Joint Coalition of APC Governorship Aspirants in Imo State, the deputy governor, said,  “This unanimous resistance not to be part of the charade despite the pressure mounted on them is a clear indication that the people have rejected imposition of unpopular candidate on members of our great party (APC) and the state at large.”

The statement added, “It will interest you to know that six Governorship Aspirants out of the nine that participated in the October 1st, 2018 governorship primary in Imo State came together to affirm the declaration of Senator Hope Uzodinma by the election Committee Chairman, Alhaji Almed Gulak as the authentic winner of the said primary election.

“Following this development, the Joint Coalition of APC Governorship Aspirants (JCAPCGA) in Imo State wish to inform members of APC and the good people of our state in general that every issue of Governorship primary election has been concluded as the name of the Governorship candidate of the party for Imo State has since been forwarded for recognition.

“Please, be aware that our party is hosting her national convention today in Abuja, which every party stakeholder is expected to be in attendance. Therefore, count us out in any laughable jamboree in the name of APC primary election today as speculated in the media.” the statement added.

Imo: Madumere resumes, speaks on Okorocha, impeachment

Imo APC coalition adopts Madumere as consensus aspirant for Owerri zone.

The leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC), Coalition in  Imo State also  known as the Allied Forces  led by Dr. Hillary Eke, has endorsed Deputy Governor,  Prince Eze Madumere as its consensus candidate for the governorship primaries in the state.

The coalition was also said to have adopted Senator Hope Uzodinma is the   consensus governorship aspirant for Orlu zone.

The endorsement, according to a statement signed by media aide to Madumere, Uche Onwuchekwa,  was made after  a meeting on Sunday evening at the Senator Osita Izunso’s country home in Oru-West Local Government area of the State.

Madumere was said to have scored 14 out of the 18 votes from the local government chairmen of the coalition.

The statement said that the party considered avoiding aspirants with baggage and focussed on integrity, acceptability and capacity.

“The APC leaders took the decision after serious considerations of the pedigree of the array of aspirants from the zone.

“Adopting a democratic procedure, the selection was done through a voting process where Chairmen of the party drawn from 9 local government areas of the State. At the second session, 10 State Executive members voted among the Coalition aspirants involved in the election process were Prince Eze Madumere, Jude Ejiogu and Commodore Peter Gbujie (rtd).

“Among the party Chairmen, 6 of them from Ikeduru, Ezinihitte Mbaise, Mbaitoli, Aboh Mbaise, Ahiazu and Ngor Okpala local government areas of the State voted for Prince Madumere. In the same manner, Sir Jude Ejiogu scored 2 votes from Owerri North and Owerri west Local Government areas. Meanwhile, Commodore Peter Gbujie scored 1 vote from Owerri Municipal Council.

“During the second session of the election, which involved 9 members of the State Officers drawn from Owerri zone, Prince Madumere scored 8 votes out of 9 while Sir Ejiogu scored 1. Chief Clement Anozie popularly was the Coordinator of the electioneering process.”

“Among members of State Exco that voted were Canice Amadi, Barr. Charles Mbakwe, Chief ACB Nkwopara, Barr. Charles Jaja. Others were Ukaegbu, Onyekachi, Mrs. Nwigwe, Elagamba. However, Dr. Hilary Eke did not vote.”

HOLD OKOROCHA, CP RESPONSIBLE IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO MADUMERE – NJOKU

– SAYS OKOROCHA IS LAWLESS

Reacting to the ongoing political logjam in Imo State occasioned by the impeachment proceeding against the Deputy Governor of the State, Prince Eze Madumere, an illustrious son of Owerri zone, Chief Okey Njoku has said that Owerri zone will hold Governor Rochas Okorocha and the Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, reponsiblle should anything happen to Prince Madumere.

 

Chief Njoku, a renowned professional Engineer in the oil industry from Owerri zone made the remark while addressing the newsmen in Owerri, yesterday.

 

He wondered how Imo Commissioner of Police hurriedly withdrew Prince Madumere’s police details not minding the Court order tat stopped the impeachment proceedings due to the suit before the court over constitutional breaches in the process so far taken by members of Imo State House of Assembly and other parties in the imbroglio.

 

He described the impeachment plot against the Deputy Governor as show of hate and ingratitude by Governor Okorocha to the people of Owerri zone.a

 

He took a swipe at Ekenze Calistus describing him as a disgrace to Owerri people by his quick acceptance to replace Madumere who happens to be his kinsman. He queried: “what has Okorocha done for the people of Owerri zone to warrant a traitor like Ekenze  jumping at his offer if not for self serving purposes? Okorocha has ended up defacing Owerri roads thereby throwing the capital city  into environmental crisis as every roads he paved without either a design, soil test and poorly done are fast turning into gullies and mere ponds.”

Speaking further, he alleged that it has come to the knowledge of Owerri zone over the plot to harm Madumere through various means. He warned against anything happening to the Deputy Governor or any leader of Owerri zone leaders, saying that such will not only  spell doom for the State but that Okorocha and  the Commissioner of Police will be held liable.

 

Meanwhile, he has hailed the Deputy Governor, Prince Madumere for his integrity, quality leadership and his consistency  in insisting on good  governance and people oriented policies, assuring that Imo people will pay him back at the right time.

The professional Engineer also commended five members of Imo State House of Assembly for standing up against impunity, dictatorship and injustice despite threats, assuring that posterity will remember them well.

 

In the same vein, pan Owerri zone zone group through its leader, Chief Martin Opara has regretted the the purported impeachment of the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, describing the unfortunate failed effort as legislative rascality. He wondered how those who could not defend those that voted them into power could be embarking in most unpopular political action against a forthright leader like Prince Madumere.

He therefore described the action of the sponsored lawmakers as effort in futility having disobeyed Court Order restraining them from the purported impeachment proceeding.

He also took time to shower encomium on the eight lawmakers who shunned the illegal impeachment effort, calling them the heroes of democracy.

 

On withdrawal of security details of Prince Madumere, Chief Opara called on the Commissioner of Police to quickly restore Deputy Governor’s security, warning that the people of Owerri zone will hold him and Okorocha responsible should anything happens to the Owerri zone leader and others.

 

It will be recalled that on July 30, 2018, presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Benjamin Iheka, during a court sitting in High Court 8 handed out an Order restraining the Chief of Judge of Imo State, Speaker with other members of Imo State House of Assembly and 7 man panel of inquiry from any further action concerning impeachment proceeding against the Deputy Governor.

 

In a swift embarrassing turn of events, it was reported that Okorocha’s loyal lawmakers in defiance to the court order embarked on the purported impeachment of the Deputy Governor where the media and other public servant were refused access to the chamber. However, the Chief Judge and other sister Judges in obedience to rule of law refused swearing-in Okorocha’s new Deputy Governor designate after almost five hours of waiting. It was the Attorney-General of the State, Hon. Militus Nlemadim, who informed the guests of what what transpired thought he unclearly said it was due to court order stopping the swearing-in ,which Madumere’s Chief Press Secretary has debunked.

I WILL REVAMP AILING HEALTH, SOCIAL WELFARE SYSTEM  – MADUMERE 

OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF IMO STATE
PRESS RELEASE

The Deputy Governor of Imo State and frontline Goververnorship aspirant, Prince Eze Madumere, has vowed to revamp ailing Health Sector and Social Welfare scheme in the State if given the mantle of leadership come, 2019, saying that the sectors, which are at present in comatose, need urgent attention backed with expertise knowledge for effective service delivery.
The Deputy Governor hinted this, yesterday, while commissioning the Alberta’s Foundation Secretariat in Owerri, the Capital of Imo State.
Prince Madumere lamented the level of decay in the sectors, which he said is affecting the living standard of the citizenry especially infant mortality rate, aged and other vulnerable members of the Society.
He highlighted  the importance of affordable health care delivery system, saying that its importance cannot be over emphasised and said that he already has a blueprint on how to give the people the required health care delivery.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor emphasised on the relationship between health sector and social welfare, explaining that they are interwoven, since they focuse on the well-being of the people with special focus on the less privileged.
If elected, Prince Madumere vowed to ensure that his administration provides functional health care delivery and social welfare scheme that will cater for the vulnerable in the society, thereby enhancing opportunities of improving their living standard and productivity level, saying only the healthy can be gainfully employed and productive.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor used the forum to shower encomium on the Chief Executive of Albertiqes, Mr. Gideon Asilonu for choosing to affect the lives of the citizenry  through his foundation, having provided structures and facilities to improve the living standards and education of Imo children.
He called on other members of the society who are also well-to-do to emulate this kind gesture, stressing that there is abundant blessings in giving.
Uche Onwuchekwa
Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor on Media
Photo news:
1&2: Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, flanked by the CEO of Alberticques Foundation (left), Royal Fathers, Clergy among other dignitaries while cutting ribbon during opening ceremony of Albertiques Foundation Secretariate, Owerri, Imo State

IMO DEPUTY GOVERNOR’S IMPEACHMENT SUFFERS SETBACK

– AS COURT RESTRAINS 7 MAN PANEL FROM FURTHER ACTION

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, this morning, got a relief on the impeachment proceeding against him after a High Court sitting in Owerri, presided by Hon. Justice Benjamin Iheka, granted him an interim injunction restraining the 7 man panel constituted by the Chief Judge of the State from continuing with its inquiry until the matters before it that bothers on alleged constitutional breach is heard.
The Deputy Governor has through his Counsel, Chief Ken Njemanze (SAN) filed an Originating Summon over what he described as a constitutional breach, having not been personally served as mandatorily required by law.
However report has it that the Chief Judge against the suit before his court went ahead to set up a 7 man panel, which were already sworn-in, which led to another petition filed by the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Njemanze, seeking an interlocutory injunction restraining the 7 man panel from continuing with their inquiry pending the determination of the court.
The lead Counsel, who is the Attorney General of the State, Militus Nlemadim, to the first respondent, the Chief Chief, Hon. Justice Paschal Nnadi, opposed the motion brought by Chief Njemanze, arguing that since the matter was a constitutional matter and the fact that the panel has a period of three months to discharge its duties.
This objection raised by the Attorney General was dismissed since he could not guarantee the fact that the panel could short-circuit justice by choosing to conclude the matter within the shortest time thereby preventing justice from prevailing.
The Presiding Judge, High Court 8, Imo High Court, Hon. Justice Benjamin Iheka after addressing the Councels representing the plaintiff and other defendants, the Chief Judge of the State, Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Imo State House of Assembly and the 7 man panel led by its Chairman, Nze Saba Nze, ruled that for Justice to prevail, the matter before it, which bothers on constitutional breach in the impeachment procedure will be determined by the Court.
He therefore granted an Interim Order restraining the panel and every other party involved in the matter from further proceeding of the case pending the determination of the suit. The Judge hereby adjourned the matter to 13th August, 2018.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Madumere is alleged to have angered Governor Okorocha by purportedly refusing to support Governor’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, who happens to have come from the same Orlu zone with Okorocha. The report has it that Orlu zone would have ruled Imo State for 16 years after the expiry of Okorocha’s tenure.
It was also alleged that Prince Madumere had also disagreed with the Governor on some policy issues which are inimical to the people of the State.
Governor Okorocha’s loyalists in Imo House of Assembly had alleged Gross Misconduct in the areas of absconding from office, not putting in appearance in meetings among others against the Deputy Governor, which are also being challenged for lack of merit with no evidence provided, coupled with unconstitutionality of the intiating process.

BRING OKOROCHA’S EXCESSES TO BOOK!

…Okorocha’s abuse of impeachment clause under 1999 constitution as amended, a call for concern.

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The beauty of democracy rests largely on inbuilt checks and balances. It also provides the latitude for the minority to have their say, while the majority has its way.

In theory, there is a separation of powers between the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary which constitute the three arms of government. However, in practice, what exists is inter-dependence.

Every democratic society has mechanisms that checkmate its leaders from becoming autocratic. This is in consonance with the words of Lord Acton that “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

Nigeria, like most democratic societies, has one of such mechanisms and this is known as ‘’impeachment’’. Unfortunately, this mechanism almost broke the slender body of Nigeria’s burgeoning democracy between 2005 and 2007, when the process of impeachment was grossly abused. Today, Okorocha is working towards the same light.

The impeachment clause is a major weapon of check-and-balance in the Nigerian 1999 Constitution to check the abuse of enormous executive powers exercised and exercisable by elected functionaries of the executive arm of government the President, Vice President, Governors and Deputy Governors, who are shielded from prosecution from criminal and or civil charges (in their personal capacities) while in office as contained in the provisions of section 308 of the constitution. From legal statutory interpretation point of view, it is instructive to note that the provisions of section 308 is meant to protect the aforementioned office holders from frivolous litigations that could otherwise distract them from focusing on proper governance. It is not and would not have been the intention of the framers of the constitution that the executive office holders should hide under the immunity clause in section 308 to commit crime against the citizenry and the state in any manner whatsoever (yet Okorocha has done worse than this and left to roam about freely). Neither would it have been the intention of the constitution to shield executive office holders from legal repercussions where issues of gross misconduct tantamount to treason contrary to provisions of section 1 (2) of the constitution is involved. As a check-and-balance against abuse of power in the normal course of governance, the legislature is empowered under section 188 of the constitution (in case of Governors/Deputy Governors) and section 143 (in case of President/Vice-President) to remove such an erring political office holder covered by immunity against prosecution of any kind under section 308. It then follows prima facie that for the affected political office holders to face prosecution, they would have to be first removed from office by the legislature (with a theoretically stringent two-thirds majority of all members of the legislature) in accordance with provisions of sections 188 or 143 of the constitution as the case might be. To give adequate power to the legislature to serve as proper check on the executive arm of government through the aforementioned constitutional provisions, sections 188 (10) and 143 (10) state that the legislative process leading to impeachment are not justifiable, that it is not within the competency of the court to intervene. The provisions of sections 188 (11) and 143 (11) state further that what constitutes a gross misconduct warranting impeachment is a violation of the provisions of the constitution or whatever so amount to gross misconduct in the opinion of the legislature. From the foregoing, it is clear that the impeachment process is not meant to be subject to any judicial veracity of the alleged constitutional breaches and or gross misconduct. While the truth of such impeachable offences may not survive the test of normal judicial trial in a court of competent jurisdiction, the process is arguably meant to serve a political antidote to an omnibus shield provided the political office holders under section 308 of the constitution. Despite obvious potential checks provided in sections 188 and 143, evidence of plundering of state funds and even commission of heinous crimes such as murder by political office holders who enjoy immunity under section 308 have been elicited by the report of State Security Service (SSS) and Economic and Financial crime Commission (EFCC) in various reports that have been made public at various level of government in recent time.

But where did the country get it wrong? Was it that Nigeria did not get it right from her colonial masters or from the country she copied the 1999 Constitution? Was it that the country’s political class had a sheer disregard for constitutional provisions?

Between 2005 and 2007, five governors were impeached by their State Houses of Assembly. The only unifying factor of these impeachments was that none could be said to have followed due process. They were all removed without having regard to constitutional provisions. Why then has Okorocha’s case been a hard nut to crack despite his continuous disregard for the law and due process?

Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution provides for the removal of governors and their deputies. This latter section is a replica of section 170 of the extant 1979 Constitution under which Alhaji Balarabe Musa of the defunct People’s Redemption Party (PRP) of the old Kaduna State was impeached by a House dominated by the also defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN). He was the only executive Governor removed under that constitution.

Both the 1979 Constitution and 1999 Constitution do not provide grounds for impeachment. This is in contrast to the American constitution which highlights the grounds for impeaching a public officer. The 1999 Constitution only provides that above mentioned elected officers shall be removed from office if they are found guilty of “gross misconduct”. And yet, the definition of “gross misconduct” in Section 188 (11) is not explicit enough.

Therefore, reckless legislatures have harped on this inadequacy to impeach on frivolous grounds. The case of Prince Eze Madumere of Imo State is an evidence of this rascality. Therefore, the constitution has put the executive at the mercy of the legislature because the latter can in its own opinion manufacture what amounts to “gross misconduct”.

For example, The United Kingdom that colonized Nigeria utilized the impeachment process until 1795 when Warren Hastings was impeached. Since that time, the impeachment process has no longer been in practice and the country has developed what is known as “passing a vote of no confidence” on any public officer who has committed an offence serious to warrant such a fundamental decision. These processes mentioned above have been sparingly used by the United Kingdom; it only resorted to them when it was absolutely necessary.

Another interesting country is the United States. This is so because of the political and constitutional nexus that exists between Nigeria and America. In this country, impeachment is not only limited to the president and his vice, governors and their deputies but to all civil officers – they could be senators and judges as experience has shown.

Since 1787 when the United States Constitution became operative, only thirteen officers have so far been impeached. This underscores how Americans guard this provision jealously to avoid political instability. It is only resorted to when other avenues have become practically impossible.

The recent submissions of the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, before the State House of Assembly, which indicated that his Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere be considered for immediate impeachment and investigation for corruption is a reference point of the decadence in our political strata which should have been ameliorated by the various legislative assemblies. But what do we have? – False Accusations upon accusations and intimidation from the guilty one, Okorocha himself and yet the law has refused to call him to order or impeach him in place of his Deputy.

On Monday, 10th of July, 2018 the deputy speaker, Nnanna Ozuruigbo submitted a petition signed by 13 out of the 27 members of the Assembly, accusing the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, of abandoning his office for more than three months without permission, refusal to carry out official duties assigned to him by Governor Rochas Okorocha and most importantly, the accusation of being Unqualified to be a public officer on the grounds that he was once an ex-Convict in the USA. All these purported lies from the same Owelle Okorocha, who has been known for his numerous excesses in the use of power and defilement of law and order.

In Nigeria, Since most of the affected political office holders have a firm grip on their political environment (including party machineries) it has been practically impossible to invoke the impeachment clause to sack such erring office holders like Okorocha and make them face prosecution, which is why he is still pocketing and bending the laws without any form of fear or respect. Okorocha’s seemingly ‘larger than life’ political aura wielded by the state chief executives is a major reason for the continuous impediment on political expediency and efficacy of the constitutional provisions.

Governors who are alleged to be involved in massive lootocracy of the treasury are supposed to be brought to book by the provisions of the 1999 constitution but today the reverse is the case as our lawmakers have now become tangential partakers in the corrupt enrichment of self through the little amounts doled out to them by the governors under the guise of “constituency projects” that were never implemented, rather than the fight for justice. This trend, which started in Bayelsa state, is the same scenario being played in the on-going impeachment saga in Imo state. As much as it is a standard practice in criminal justice procedure for the prosecution to engage in trade-off to tactically obtain the cooperation of a co-accused, accessory or secondary parties in the trial of indictable offences with the resultant effect of turning such persons into witnesses (with their protection and freedom guaranteed in return in order to secure conviction of the main culprit) the current approach adopted to rein in the lawmakers to perform their constitutional and oversight duties raise some pertinent questions deserving critical analysis on the efficacy of the rule of law in the Nigerian nascent democratic experience of the last seven years.

Some of the jurisprudential issues arising are encapsulated in the following rhetoric:

1)    Where lies the efficacy of the federalism professed in section 2 (2) of the 1999 Constitution?

2)     Does State Assembly lawmakers require external promptings to undertake their constitutional  duties of checking the governors as spelt out in section 188?

3)     If the EFCC induces impeachment proceedings (overtly or covertly) against erring Deputy Governors, who then induces such proceedings against a defaulting Governor where necessary?

Ordinarily, the state assemblies and the National Assembly (NASS) need no overt or covert prompting or inducement from outside to initiate impeachment proceedings against the elected officers covered by the immunity clause in section 308 (3) of the 1999 constitution. The question that no plausible answer has been found to is “if the influence of federal government controlled security apparatus is borne to sanitize corruption at the state level (with or without trampling on the principle of federalism), why then has the case of Imo State become different?”. The provisions of sections 188 and 143 of the constitution are unambiguously clear; “it is the prerogative of the lawmakers”. Where the lawmakers remain insensitive to rise up to the occasion, nonetheless accusations and counter-accusations against the political office holders where then lies the proper practical check against the executive office holders?

While it is good to protect elected political office holders from frivolous litigations and witch-hunting while in office, our experience in the last seven years has shown the need for Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State to be cautioned for his excesses especially the recent move to impeach his deputy and also it is of utmost importance that Owelle Okorocha should be arraigned for Money Laundering, Gross Misconduct, and Abuse of Power.

I HAVE NOT BEEN SERVED ANY NOTICE OF MISCONDUCT – IMO DEPUTY GOVERNOR  

                                                              Contrary to the story making the rounds that impeachment proceeding against the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere may have begun yesterday, the Office of the Deputy Governor has denied such following the failure of the lawmakers to have notified the Deputy Governor of any notice of gross misconduct. It is against this backdrop that the Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor, Uche Onwuchekwa, in a press statement he issued informed the public to discountenance the said proceeding, saying that his boss, Prince Madumere is yet to receive such notice of gross misconduct. He however opined that the Principal Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Nze Obinna Aharanwa, was said to have received the purported notice signed by some members of Imo State House of Assembly against the stipulation of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). According to the Press Statement he averred that a purported notice of gross misconduct signed by some members of the Imo State House of Assembly was served on Nze Obinna Aharanwa, Principal Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Imo State, which is against the stipulation of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) that Prince Madumere must be mandatorily served personally.”He insists that his earlier release in defence of his boss was made on his own accord and based on rumour on social media platforms. He therefore opined that the Deputy Governor as a law abiding and responsible citizen will respond to whatever charges whenever he is personally served as required by law. The statement reads: “This is to inform the people of Imo State and indeed the general public, that on Tuesday 10th Day of July 2018, by 1:30pm at the office of the Deputy Governor, Government House, Owerri a purported notice of gross misconduct signed by some members of the Imo State House of Assembly was served on Nze Obinna Aharanwa, Principal Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Imo State.2.     It must be emphasized that the purported notice of gross misconduct signed by some members of Imo State House of Assembly was not served on the Deputy Governor of Imo State, His Excellency Prince Eze Madumere personally as mandatorily stipulated by the 1999 Constitution (as amended). And till date no such notice has been served on His Excellency Prince Eze Madumere.                      3.     When and if any such notice is served on the Deputy Governor of Imo State His Excellency Prince Eze Madumere personally as required by law, he shall as a law abiding and responsible citizen of the State react to same personally.                                4.     The earlier press statement issued me yesterday was done on my own accord and without reference to His Excellency, the Deputy Governor who had not been served personally and who is currently out of the State.”  

FOR MADUMERE, THE STAKE RISES BY THE DAY

BY JUDE ONUOHA

Of all the incidents that were recorded during the May 5th, 2018 ward congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo state, perhaps the most disturbing was the alleged attempt on the life of the deputy governor, His Excellency, Prince Eze Madumere. According to reports, Madumere was at the state secretariat of the party along with a few other chieftains of the party for a meeting at about 12 noon when a group of hoodlums arrived the venue and went after the party chieftains. The reports quoting eye witness’s accounts had it that the hoodlums, believed to have been hired by the Governor Rochas Okorocha faction, made attempts to specifically get at the deputy governor who narrowly escaped along with the others through the efforts of security operatives present.

As disturbing as the incident is, it is not entirely surprising. Prince Eze Madumere has taken the rarest risk to his personal life and career for his decision to be part of the ‘struggle’ to stop his overreaching boss, Governor Rochas Okorocha, from completely turning the state into his personnel backyard. This is not the first time a state governor in Nigeria and his deputy are disagreeing but the Imo case is quite spectacular, even though some observers saw it coming.

Prince Eze Madumere and his boss, Governor Okorocha, have a fabled relationship that predated the election of Okorocha as governor and the subsequent appointment of Madumere as his chief of staff initially. Prince Madumere was to become the deputy governor following the impeachment of Governor Okorocha’s first deputy, Sir Jude Agbaso. In line with the provisions of the 1999 constitution which gives  a governor the prerogative to nominate his deputy, Okorocha sent in the name of Madumere as a replacement for Agbaso; and following confirmation by the state house of assembly, Madumere was sworn in as deputy governor.

In 2015, Governor Okorocha again chose Madumere as his running mate for the 2015 governorship election in which he was seeking re-election for a second term. They won and Madumere become a second term deputy governor.

Given the celebrated personal relationship between the two, majority of Imo citizens plus, indeed, outside observers did not border themselves on how the two carried on as governor in deputy governor; a completely different ball game from one as personal paddies. Yet, a few discerning observers were under no illusion that the two bosom friends will maintain a cozy relationship all through, once confronted with the challenges and vicissitudes of public office. The belief in several quarters was that given Okrocha’s nature and style of administration, it was a question of time before the two would fall apart. For a long time, however, it appeared that this negative prognostication was a misplaced one. Instead, Eze Madumere went on with his job almost effortlessly. Even when feelers began to emanate that the deputy governor was most of the time denied his statutory working entitlements as deputy governor, Madumere and his handlers themselves made sure that such things remained unsubstantiated: for the interest of his personal friendship with the governor and that of the  administration, generally.

If anything, Madumere was seen by many as a spin doctor for both the governor as a person and the administration. He defended his boss at every opportunity and was consistent in restating his loyalty to their friendship and administration. Consequently, there was this general belief that Governor Okorocha would naturally groom his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere, to take over from him. So much was that belief or expectation that members of the press hardly missed an opportunity in every encounter with Madumere, either by chance or deliberately, to sound him out on that; that is, whether he has a gubernatorial ambition. At every such occasion, Madumere’s response was that his preoccupation was to help his boss in offering quality governance to the good people of Imo state.

That was the situation until early 2018 when the governor, himself, and to the surprise of many, kick started the politics of who succeeds him at the end of his eight-year tenure in May 2019. The two friends have parted ways; no thanks to Governor Okorocha’s bizarre moves to impose his son-in-law, Mr. Uche Nwosu, who also serves as his chief of staff, on the state as the next governor. It began as a mere speculation. Perhaps the closest Imolites got to knowing how the governor’s mind was working was when one of his closest aides and political associate, Hon. Uche Onyeagocha, publicly alleged that Governor Okorocha was hatching plans to impose Nwosu on the state as the next governor. Of course, Onyeagocha couldn’t have had a better knowledge of that plan than the deputy governor himself but the latter in his characteristic style, had kept his cool.

But things came to a head sometime in March this year when Governor Okorocha, in his unusual theatrical manner, announced, at a meeting with some of his close aides and associates, a sharing of office to himself, his deputy, his son-in-law, Nwosu and a few other associates. Governor Okorocha reportedly said that while Nwosu will become the governor in 2019, both himself and Madumere will go to the Nigerian senate to represent, respectively, Imo West senatorial district (Orlu zone) and Imo East senatorial district (Owerri zone). According to reports, though Prince Madumere had a prior knowledge of what the governor was going to say at that meeting, he remained calm after the ‘announcement’ and throughout the meeting.

Reports, however, had it that Madumere later sought a private audience with his boss where he pointedly told the governor that he, Madumere, was not interested in the offer of the Imo East senatorial seat, and that he will not be part of the plans to impose Nwosu on the people of the state after his, Okorocha’s, eight-year reign. Governor Okorocha was said to have initially not taken Madumere quite seriously but when a few a days later he started to notice that the Achi Mbieri Prince had dropped the administration’s trade mark muffler off his neck, the stage was set for an unprecedented gubernatorial rift in the annals of the politics of the state.

Before it became public knowledge that Prince Madumere had told his boss that he was not going to be part of his bizarre succession agenda, not a few expressed anxiety over what looked like an initial equivocation on his, Madumere’s, part. His initial silence was uncomforting to many observers especially from his native Owerri zone whose people are very much desirous of having one their own in the Douglas House, the official seat of the Imo state government, come 2019.

Although the initial expectation that Governor Okorocha might groom Madumere as his successor was beginning to wane or had in fact become  completely ruled out, the question on the lips of many was: would Prince Madumere be part of the perfidy against his own people in Owerri zone by conniving at plans to make Nwosu, also from Orlu zone, emerge as the next governor of the state; to bring to a cumulative total of sixteen (16) years for that (Orlu) zone’s tenure at the government house, Owerri?.

To cut a long story short, His Excellency, Prince Eze Madumere, has since acquitted himself. He has not only distanced himself from that sordid agenda of the governor but is also today at the fore front of the move by the entire state, irrespective of the party affiliations, to ensure that the governor does not succeed. As a matter of fact, it is Madumere’s involvement that gave the final verve and impetus to the opposition of the entire people of the state to the governor’s weird succession plans.

To be sure, there are other highly regarded and influential elements within the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) that are vehemently against the governor’s plans, but the involvement of a sitting deputy governor, more so one hitherto known to be a bosom friend and ally of the governor, added more legitimacy to the move. Observers point out that in a largely conservative political environment like that of Nigeria, nay Igbo land, it takes a rare courage and an abiding faith and love for one’s people for Madumere to decide to work on the side of the people of the state.

Madumere put his entire career and even personal life to a big risk to be part of the ‘struggle’. Ever since he made the decision to be on the side of history, no day passes without the local newspapers running an uncomplimentary article on the deputy governor, which articles are evidently sponsored by the governor and his handlers. A couple of days ago, Governor Okorocha himself rained abuses on Prince Madumere at a public function in Owerri.

Up till this moment, there are fears that plans are on to impeach Madumere but he seems not to be worried by that. Such show of confidence is quite rare. It is clear evidence that Madumere is assuring the entire people of the state that he has no skeleton in his cupboard. In other words, he has established integrity and, needless to say, this singular factor, constitutes the greatest impetus for galvanizing the entire people of the Imo in the struggle. As a team player, he has brought in his integrity, exposure, privileges and vantage to a collective pool of equally vibrant and credible stalwarts of the ruling APC.

Today, he is playing a leading role in the effort to retrieve the party from the governor for the people. The group is star studied, made up of highly respected men in the state: the Araraumes, the Izunasos, the Uwajumogus, the Ejiogus and even the Uzodinmas. But Madumere comes into the mix with something unique. He is the only one among them that knows the nuances of Governor Okorocha’s tricks. In other words, he is in the best stead to suggest how to tackle the Okorocha conundrum, being an insider. Besides, and arising from the above, Prince Madumere is in the best stead to tell where and how Okorocha missed it. That further puts him in the best stead to know how to restore the state from the decadence of the Okorocha regime:

If we add all this to the fact that Madumere is from Owerri zone, which even Okorocha’s kinsmen in Orlu zone support in its quest to produce the next governor of the state, Madumere easily becomes a  cynosure for all watchers of the current political terrain in Imo state. From all indications, the other two major political parties in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), will most likely pick their 2019 governorship candidates from Owerri zone, for reasons that are too well known to be repeated here. Accordingly, pundits believe that the APC may not want to be left out in the Owerri (the-beautiful-bride) attraction if is really wants to engage in a meaningful contest for Douglas House in 2019. If the party toes that line, as many predict, Madumere will be the joker. Yes, there are other credible aspirants from Owerri zone but the Imo deputy governors, for reasons already outlined and even more, stand aside

Madumere’s fellow compatriots in the APC are all political juggernauts on their own; and are men (and women) of integrity but all eyes seem to be on Madumere. Not unexpectedly, he goes about it in his characteristics calmness but that itself is one of his major attractions. Along the streets of Owerri and in several political circles in the state, it is not uncommon to hear people say that if Governor Okorocha was quite serious in determining his successor; his best bet would have been Madumere. Some, however, argue that the governor’s image, given the way he ran the state, would make Imolites reject anybody he brings out. Still, there are those who believe that it is not impossible for Governor Okorocha to make a volte face to support Madumere in his governorship bid. As they say, nothing is impossible before God. So, if that happens, Madumere will be a candidate of the people not that of Okorocha. The reason is simple. He chose quite early, and when the people least expected, to be on their side.

MADUMERE EMERGES “INTEGRITY MAN OF THE YEAR” 2018

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere has emerged Nigerian Association of Christian Journalists (NACJ) 2018 “INTEGRITY MAN OF THE YEAR.”

The Deputy Governor was conferred with the prestigious Award during the practicing Christian Journalists umbrella body’s Annual “2018 AWARD & LECTURE series.

According to the General Secretary of the association, Dr. Charles Okhai, the choice of Madumere for this year’s most prestigious award category is hinged on the association’s discovery of who he is and the qualities embedded in his character, having watched with keen interest over the years and are proud to identify with his personality, diligence, patriotism, honesty as one of the best Deputy Governors in Nigeria, demonstrating high level humility that is not known among politicians.

His words: “Since his days as Chief of Staff and now as Deputy Governor of Imo State, we came to the realization that he is worthy of this award at this present time other, as this honour is bestowed on eminent Nigerians who have over the years distinguished themselves in all spheres of their careers as integrity conscious leaders which Madumere symbolizes, a rare bred God fearing politician in Nigeria, therefore this award.

His unassuming nature, loyalty and obedience to laid-down rules and regulations as a Nigerian politician, even when not convenient endeared him to us. The humility he exudes and that which he shows towards his boss, even in the face of total deprivation as his office as Deputy Governor would require is one you can’t find anywhere near any politician of today and so the association decided to use him as Role Model amongst Nigerian politicians with this symbol of honour bestowed on him at this award ceremony.

The selection that culminated into the choice of Eze Madumere for the most revered award went through a rigorous process during the association’s National Executive Members Nomination Exercise which produced him as the best among others, after-which voting was carried out by members through SMS nationwide, which also had him emerge as the most deserving candidate for the award.”

Responding, Eze Madumere said: “When I got the news of my being chosen as the recipient of this year’s highly rated award from this great Association of Christian Journalists, I asked myself what I had done to merit such as honour, it wasn’t until the letter of nomination was given to me that I understood the criteria for such an award and I simply would say, I appreciate this show of love and encouragement coming from an association that boasts of its membership across the entire nation and what this award tells me is to remain resolute in towing the path of honour.”

Furthermore the Imo State Deputy Governor opined that Integrity as the word sounds is something that is noticeably disappearing in our society today, therefore, when one is chosen amongst many to be honoured for displaying such is his daily activities, it is something worth giving glory to God for and I give thanks to God for the opportunity such as this in my political career in Imo State and in Nigeria as a whole.

I strive daily to uphold principles of dignity, sincerity, integrity and total humility in all I do and these are the qualities that have seen me through this far in both private and Public sectors. I hereby urge the youths and other leaders never to trade away their integrity.

Prince Madumere is an astute administrator and a management consultant. He attended Primary and Secondary Education in Owerri and Lagos State respectively. He traveled to the United States of America for further studies, where he studied Management and Business Administration in San-Jacinto College and University of Houston in Texas respectively. He holds Masters-Degree in History and International Studies from Imo State University and currently pursuing his Ph.D. in History and International Relations.

While in the United States of America, he made tremendous impact in the corporate America. Among other ‘A’ class firms, he was also an Area Manager in PepsiCo Inc. for many years and also played a key role in expanding KFC businesses. It was the business of the Multinational firms that took him to over 60 countries of the world.

Other dignitaries present at event were Retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Tunde Ogunsaki, who was the Chairman of the occasion, other prominent Nigerians such as the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, Hon. Bayo Osinowo of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Senator Ben Bruce, Her Excellency, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, Chief Justice of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Opeyemi Oke, Chartered Diplomat, Dr. Kunle Hamilton, Dr. Orji Uzor-Kalu, Dr. Uche Ogah, Dr. Alex Otti were amongst other prominent Nigerians who were honoured at the event.

The award identifies Eze Madumere as Nigeria’s Symbol of Integrity and a worthy Ambassador of the Nigerian Association of Christian Journalists (NACJ).

Imo 2019: Options open to Madumere

Posted By: Sam Egburonu 
After months of diplomatic handling of their political face-off, Governor Rochas Okorocha and the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, have finally parted ways. As the race for the governorship seat in 2019 gathers momentum, Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, reports on the options left for Madumere

AlThough he is not the only aspirant in the forthcoming 2019 governorship election in Imo State, informed observers are particularly interested in the fortunes of the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere. A top chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and close associate of Governor Rochas Okorocha, outsiders and most members of the Okorocha’s political family had, for a long time, taken it for granted that Madumere would be Okorocha’s obvious choice to succeed him in 2019. This was because of the robust relationship between the two and Madumere’s acknowledged total loyalty to the governor, who he served for over 25 years.

But the intrigues that have trailed Imo State politics since the entrance into the race of Uche Nwosu, the governor’s son-in-law, have since changed the permutations. For long, both the governor and his deputy treaded the path of departure with utmost care, leaving observers confused. Even when the governor was quoted as endorsing Nwosu, some of his associates said it did not mean dumping of Madumere, as, according to them, it probably meant the governor may allow all his political sons to vie in free and fair primaries for the ticket of the party.

But when, earlier this month, Okorocha told newsmen that the Deputy Governor, Madumere, “has betrayed him”, it became clear that at last the battle line has been drawn. Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha has decried the attitude of his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere, saying he never imagined that he would betray him.

Speaking in Owerri, Okorocha, who described his deputy as his “most trusted lieutenant for the past 25 years,” said he had initially penciled down some people, including his deputy as his successor, but embarked on the process of selection and elimination based on some parameters and finally chose his Chief of Staff, Mazi Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law, as his successor.

The declaration came to many as a rude shock. The awkward situation was further confirmed when words had it that concrete moves were actually made at the Imo State House of Assembly to impeach the embattled deputy governor in order to weaken him and pave way for the governor’s choice. Observers who doubted the depth of the face-off because of the close relationship between Madumere and Okorocha were finally forced to swallow their words when the Deputy Governor had to park out of his official quarters recently.

Following the development, concerned observers are today eager to know the options left to Madumere. Will he leave the APC platform for Okorocha’s choice or will he remain in the party and fight for the ticket though the governor has made public his resolve to prop-up his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu? If he decides to fight on for the ticket of the party, what are his chances of defeating the incumbent governor? If he is forced out of the political party under the circumstances to fight against his boss and the APC platform, what are his likely destinations and who are likely going to be his willing alliances against Okorocha and Uche Nwosu? If he chose any of the other political parties, like the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the United Progressive Party (UPP) or even the Social Democratic Party (SDP), what kind of impact is he likely to make?

Divided APC and Rescue Mission team

One of the options left for Madumere is to remain in APC and slug it out with the loyalist of Governor Okorocha. Insiders who pleaded not to be named confided that this seems to be the option so far chosen by the deputy governor. “From his utterances and actions so far, it seems Prince Madumere has decided to stay put and contest for the APC ticket. I do not have to tell you that this is a tough option because Owelle Rochas Okorocha, as we know, is in firm control of the political party in Imo State here. But of course, APC is beyond Imo. A lot of the electorates in Imo are angry over the alleged determination of the governor to dump his trusted loyalist and impose his son-in-law. Such electorates may not influence who would fly APC’s flag in the governorship election, but they may easily be persuaded to cast protest votes.”

The decision to remain in APC in spite of the governor’s decision to back Nwosu, may be as a result of the fact that the state APC is clearly factionalised today. Madumere obviously have supporters in APC and so he may be banking on the permutation that in the primaries, the people, not the governor would make the final choice. The Nation investigation shows that even before the final drawing of the battle lines, Imo APC, perhaps because of the long-drawn intrigues, had been fragmented into what is today described as “the Destiny and Rescue Mission camps. Within these fragments of what used to be a united political family, are the Eze Madumere camp, the Jude Ejiogu’s camp, the Tony Ololo’s camp and the Uche Nwosu’s camp, amongst others. Insiders confided that all efforts to mend the frictions have failed woefully and today, it will require a miracle for the original Okorocha’s political family to contest the 2019 elections as a united political front. Considering the towering image of Owelle in Imo APC, however, it still needs to be seen, if these splinter groups will actually vote against the governor on the D-day. But a source in Owerri explained on Friday that, “even within the governor’s in-laws, the division has become obvious and openly discussed.” According to the source, “recently, when Governor Okorocha observed the absence of Mrs. Ololo in a meeting on March 31st, he allegedly accused the lady of joining the husband, Chuks Ololo, to kick the governor.”
In an earlier report before the governor publicly named Nwosu as his choice, we have reported that family pressure was the primary factor responsible for the long succession intrigues in Imo. A source had confided then that within the immediate family of the governor, members have different candidates and may have been piling up pressure on the governor to consider their choices. “Many of you think the governor is only considering his son-in-law, Hon. Uche Nwosu, but I can assure you that there are many other family members on the line. As we speak, not all the members of the first family here are pushing for the governor to endorse Nwosu. I can reveal to you that Nwosu is not the only son-in-law to the governor that is currently being positioned for the job. In fact, about two other family members are also vying for the governorship seat and they have support within the family, not to talk of the interest of Aunty Jeraldine, who, you must know, is a strong influence on Owelle. So, the matter is more complicated than you can imagine,” the source said.

Given such complications, some supporters of Madumere said, during the week that he can stay in APC, make the right alliances and win the APC ticket against all odds.

Another option open for Madumere is to dump APC at this stage and contest the election on the ticket of any of the popular political parties in the state. According to Dr. Okechukwu Nwachukwu, a political analyst in Owerri, “Prince Madumere is today seen as one of the few aspirants that can match the Okorocha-backed Uche Nwosu in the next election. This is because he is a member of the political family, who many Imolites still see as the right person to be given APC ticket after Owelle. So, now that they are trying to push him out, other political parties can use him against APC. Popular political parties here like PDP, APGA or UPP will make great impact if they field Madumere. Of course, there are other political heavyweights interested in Imo State’s governorship seat. Knowing Owelle’s capacity, some of them may be wise and align with Madumere, if he is denied APC ticket,” he said.

But The Nation investigation shows that most of the leading political parties already have strong aspirants who may not easily trade their aspiration except they are convinced it is the only practical way to go. In PDP, for example, we have at least four major governorship aspirants. They include the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha, former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim, Senator Athan Achonu and Hon.Tony Nwulu.

In APGA, the Deputy National Organising Secretary of the party, Mr. Steve Nwoga, the Chief Executive Officer, of A. B. C. Transport Company, Mr. Frank Nneji, Mr. Okey Ezeh, a former Commissioner of Information to Okorocha; Mr. Uche Onyeagucha, Mr. Ike Ibeh, David Mbamara and Mr. Obi Njoku, amongst others have been named as possible governorship aspirants.

UPP, which is yet to float many names as governorship aspirants, has Prince Eleazar Onyewuchi Ogbonna, a United Kingdom based business tycoon as one of the possible aspirants. Assessing the possibility of Madumere contesting on the platform of any of the opposition political parties, Chief Sunday Ogbonna from Mbano said: “One thing that is certain today is that Madumere will contest the election even if APC denies him ticket. The talk of a possible alliance is rife both in PDP and APGA although some of the top aspirants in those parties may not hear of it now. I do not know if Madumere himself is making such moves as he seems convinced he can fight his way through in APC. But you can quote me that if APC denies him ticket, Owerri zone and all the other lovers of fairness are poised to negotiate alliances that will make him a strong candidate in the election.”

The political atmosphere is electric today as observers contemplate what will be the political fortunes of the Deputy Governor in 2019.

Unlike before, when secrecy governed the campaigns and the moves, even Madumere is bold today to say no one can stop his ambition. On why he was determined to contest he told newsmen recently: “What drives my ambition to occupy the position of the governor of Imo State, come 2019, is my vision to raise the living standards of our people with well researched people oriented economic blueprint with a view to creating wealth adopting an approach that will make it trickle down to even the lowest cadre of our populace. I know that youths occupy about 66% of the Nigerian population, which deductively trickles down to our state. I believe in human capital development and I believe in empowerment that is sustainable through small, medium scale enterprise.

“The difference this time is that we must anchor it on areas of comparative advantage. Make no mistake to believe that I am in the race for personal vendetta. God forbid. I bear no grudges. At least you all know that I have served meritoriously and that by my training I am a seasoned administrator with exposure like no other. I have operated at the higher echelon in the private sector starting from Corporate America to Nigerian private sector and then to the public sector. And by the special grace of God, I have excelled in every responsibility I have ever been assigned to handle together with the ones I took up myself”; he said.

The race has started. Given the tone of the language and the actions of the principal actors, the manoeuvrings of the 2019 governorship election in Imo seem certain to thrill.

GOV OKOROCHA MAY KILL MADUMERE, EJIOGU TO SHUT OWERRI ZONE

*BREAKING NEWS*

By George Onyeji

If information making all the rounds in the state capital of Imo State is anything to hold on, it means that Governor Rochas Okorocha has summed up plans to eliminate his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere, and former Secretary to the Government of Imo State (SGI), Sir Jude Ejiogu for opposing his decision to foist his son-in-law and Chief of Staff, Chief Uche Nwosu as Governor as the only way to block qualified and popular indigenes of Owerri Zone to cling the number one position in 2019.

According to our source, the information was a fall-out of uncomplinentary comment Governor Okorocha made on Thursday during a press conference at Government Owerri, the source revealed that, Governor Okorocha expressed annoyance that his deputy, Eze Madumere refused to vie for senatorial seat, while Jude Ejiogu vehemently declined the APC ticket he offered him to contest Federal House of Representatives for Owerri Federal Constituency, adding that instead of the duo to assist him make Uche Nwosu Governor, they chose to allign with opposition (Ararume) to fight him.

The source maintained that following their refusal to support Uche Nwosu to succeed his father-in-law in 2019, Governor Okorocha was alleged to have vowed to deal with Eze Madumere and Jude Ejiogu respectively for working against his interest, pointing out that it would be better to have no Imo after 2019 than for anyone to thwart his resolve to make Chief Nwosu Governor.

The source further added that Governor Okorocha called on anyone close to Eze Madumere and Jude Ejiogu to advice them on the need to make U-turn towards ensuring that Uche Nwosu’s project succeed, describing it as the only way to avoid his anger against them.

The source also hinted that Governor Okorocha boasted that over his dead body should anyone he did not support would succeed in 2019.

It can be recalled that while Governor Okorocha sacked Jude Ejiogu as SSG in 2016 barely eight months of assumption of office for unknown reasons, he has continued to deny his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere necessary constitutional preferences due for his office to cripple them in view of 2019.

SACK OF OHIRI, ODOEMENEM: GOV OKOROCHA’s DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST EZE MADUMERE

By Esogibe Ikenna

In the words of Chailiko Puan, an Indian Philosopher, “when good is paid with bad, the end is close from near”. It is now obvious to the good people of Mbaitoli and Imo State at large that things have fallen apart and the Center cannot hold anymore between Governor Okorocha and his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere hence the former has declared an open war with the later.

Before now, a great number of Imolites had often said that Governor Okorocha lacks the temperament and moral psyche to govern a community let alone a whole civilized state like Imo. This the Governor has demonstrated through his recently enforced action which had the duo of Hon. Martin Ohiri (Commissioner for Sports) and Chief Steve Odomenem (Transition Committee Chairman of Mbaitoli LGA) booted out from his cabinet .

One would be earger to know the offenses they committed. For both former appointees, the sledge hammer landed on their heads because they are strongly in support of their brother and Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere for his 2019 Governorship bid.

To prove that Governor Okorocha is not yet matured to preside over the affairs of a state like Imo, he has since replaced the former appointees with Coordinators of his son-in-law’s political structure “the UGWUMBA MOVEMENT”. This action of Governor Okorocha has shown that what happened at Mbaitoli LGA few months ago where hoodlums suspected to be supporters of Chief Uche Nwosu were rightly sent to the council by Governor Rochas Okorocha to invade the area and possibly silence Prince Eze Madumere if he was present.

Another reason why Governor Okorocha is wicked, selfish, greedy and not prepared to lead the people of Imo State is that the issue that made him to sack the former appointees was the same thing Mama Taraba, Hajia Alhassan, a serving Minister under President Muhamadu Buhari did, by supporting former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar but was never sacked.

Tell me a leader who does not appreciate hardwork, humility and commitment and I will not hesitate to show you Governor Rochas Okorocha. A man who does not take advice from anyone but believes that he knows it all.

In the Igbo proverb, it is said that “a deaf fly follows the corpse to the grave”, Governor Okorocha as a man that has arogated himself the powers that ordinarily should belong to the Almighty God is heading towards doom, and no one will be surprise when it happens.

He has forgotten that despite how he betrayed Prince Eze Madumere after serving him for over twenty (20) years, the Mbieri born Conflict Resolution Specialist has maintained a cool head. It has appeared clearly that Governor Okorocha has declared total war on Eze Madumere which he is trying to perfect at all cost, even by secretly sponsoring impeachment against him.

“Governor Okorocha, what will it profit you if after gaining the whole world and lose your soul? If all the land you and your cronies have acquired by proxy are not enough, tell me why and how fighting a man that has endured in life serving you all these years will be realized? Have you forgotten that you are just an ordinary man that can easily be melted and tossed by God if it pleases him”!

Yes, you claimed that you made Eze Madumere but please tell us who made you? Who are you without God, how could your desires be achieved when you derive joy inflicting hardship, sorrows and cries on Imo people who laboured under the sun and rain to elect you as Governor? When has it become a crime to support another order than you?

Thank God, think Imo in 2019…I dont know who will succeed you but am pretty sure that your son-in-law, Uche Nwosu cannot make it to Douglas House in 2019…you can bet God since you are god!

I will better Imo Economy in 2019 – Madumere

by Kenneth Nwoke

says “I am not fighting with my boss”

Contrary to the belief that the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere’s ambition is necessitated by what people considered betrayal from his boss, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the Deputy Governor has revealed that his ambition is occasioned by his vision, which he said will take the State to greater height especially in the area of strengthening the economy of the State.

The Deputy Governor made the clarification recently while addressing Imo leaders in a function in Isiala Mbano local government area of Imo State.

It will be recalled that Governor Rochas Okorocha in his bid to foist his son-in-law on Imo people for reasons best known to him, had asked his Deputy to contest for the Senatorial slot of Owerri zone, but was rejected by Prince Madumere who rather insisted on Governorship position.

Prince Madumere insisted he is the most qualified to succeed Governor Okorocha, adding that his wealth of experience, exposure and achievements are there for people to see.

He used the opportunity to explain to his audience that contrary to the insinuations in some quarters, he is not fighting his boss whatever may have been the case but in pursuance of realizing his vision to improve the living standards of the people through a researched based micro economic blueprint to ensure wealth creation at all layers of Imo populace.

“What drives my ambition to occupy the position of the governor of Imo State, come 2019, is my vision to raise the living standards of our people with well researched people oriented economic blueprint with a view to creating wealth adopting an approach that will make it trickle down to even the lowest cadre of our populace. I know that youths occupy about 66% of the Nigerian population, which deductively trickles down to our State. I believe in human capital development and I believe in empowerment that is sustainable through small, medium scale enterprise.

The difference this time is that we must anchor it on areas of comparative advantage. Make no mistake to believe that I am in the race for personal vendetta. God forbid. I bear no grudges. At least you all know that I have served meritoriously and that by my training I am a seasoned Administrator with exposure like no other. I have operated at the higher echelon in the private sector starting from corporate America to Nigerian private sector and then to the public sector. And by the special grace of God, I have excelled in every responsibility I have ever been assigned to handle together with the ones I took up myself”; he submitted.

Meanwhile, since Prince Madumere made known his intention to vie for the plum job in Douglas House, he has been receiving floods of supports from groups, leaders and other individuals, describing him as competent with requisite capacity and temperament to lead the people.

BOUNDARY DISPUTES: IMO DEPUTY GOVERNOR, ABIA COUNTERPART RESTORE PEACE IN COMMUNITIES

OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF IMO STATE

PRESS RELEASE

 

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere with his Abia counterpart, Rt. Hon. Ude Chukwu, last Monday, called on disputing communities of Imo and Abia States over boundary claims to embrace dialogue with a view to achieving a lasting peace.

The Deputy Governors of Imo and Abia States made the call had after responding to a distress call over violent exchange between Uturu autonomous community in Isuikwuato local government area of Abia State and sister community, Ihube in Okigwe local government area of Imo State.

After bringing the disorderly disputants under control with the help of security agencies, Prince Madumere called on the traditional rulers and other community leaders of the communities to embrace peace and dialogue.

He reminded the natives of the communities involved of their ancestral affinity, saying they ought to relate as brothers and sisters.

He emphasized that the creation of more States and communities, which hitherto existed as one, were mainly for administrative convenience.

His words: “I am of the view that Imo and Abia States remain one people. That we were divided is for administrative convenience. I believe that the best approach to resolving this disagreement is to first embrace one another as one. I also expect the traditional rulers here and other community leaders to also initiate a peace move through dialogue. I believe that if we wish to have a lasting peace, we must agree among ourselves and that is the only bankable roadmap to sustainable peace.”

Speaking earlier, the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Rt. Hon. Ude Chukwu urged the disputing communities to come to the consciousness of the danger of crises and ultimately the State of anarchy where progress and security of lives and property may not be guaranteed.

In the same vein, he collaborated with Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Madumere that the best approach to finding lasting solution and peace must be hinged on dialogue since no outsider can satisfactorily resolve their differences.

He therefore urged the disputants to come together to discuss and come to an agreeable boundary, on which National Boundary Commission can yield in their final demarcation exercise.

Meanwhile, the Chairmen of the local government areas and the traditional rulers from both sides spoke in affirmative, urging for the intervention of the two governments.

Meanwhile, economic trees especially Cashew is said to be the major object of contention.

Uche Onwuchekwa

Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor on Media

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1. Deputy Governors of Abia and Imo States, Rt. Hon. Ude Chukwu and Prince Eze Madumere arriving the place of boundary disputes between Uturu commuity i Isuikwuato LGA and Ihube in Okigwe LGA of Imo State last Monday

MBAISE YOUTHS BACK MADUMERE FOR GOVERNOR

 – AS THEY EXTOL HIS HIS CAPACITY AND HUMAN RELATIONS
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A formidable youth group binding the youths of Mbaise nation under the auspices of Mbaise Youths Assembly, yesterday, in their numbers unanimously affirmed their support for the Governorship ambition of the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere on account of credibility and competence.

The group communicated their stance to the Deputy Governor, yesterday, when they stormed his office in an unscheduled solidarity visit through their President-General, Comrade Nwachukwu Kingsley.
According to Comrade Nwachukwu, their resolution after much deliberation in their meeting chose to back Prince Madumere following his competence, capacity and human relations, which he has demonstrated overtime since the inception of Rescue Mission Government.
His words: “Our Deputy Governor, you are one of us. This is so because of what you have done in the lives of the youths including the people Mbaise nation. We know those you have nurtured to such a level they have become leaders in their own respect. We aware you are humble leader who has contributed immensely to the success of the present government. You are competent and have the required administrative prowess and capacity to lead our State to the next level.”
Continuing, the leader of the group who said the youth body, was founded since 1982 revealed that as yesterday, there are 19 governorship aspirants jostling for the same position but their guidance is not unconnected with the fact that the Deputy Governor has been tested and trusted, saying that such will remove experimentation in governance.
The students sought the sustainance of free and qualitative education, infrastructures and development of tourist destinations, believing that Prince Madumere has what it takes to take the State to the greater heights.
In his response, the Deputy Governor, Prince Madumere commended the youths who he described as the future leaders for their decision to pay him a solidarity visit unsolicited, expressing gratitude to the Mbaise them.
He revealed that he has a foundation academically in Mbaise nation having being a product of Enyiogugu High school, which opened up windows of making friends and sticking together even while growing up.
“Many of them may or may not know that the history of what I am today cannot be complete without the outlining great role Mbaise nation played during my days as a youngster. I had my secondary education in Enyiogugu High school, Aboh Mbaise local government area of Imo State. I learned so much and there is hardly any family in Mbaise that I am not known because I played and grew up with them and of course had a solid foundation in Mbaise. God also presented an opportunity to me to play a role in the development Of Mbaise nation and I did my best in mapping the grey areas out. I am happy that some of those projects are either completed or at some appreciable stage. I promise never to let you down. I must tell you I hope you in very high esteem;”he enthused.
High point of the ocassion was the thunderous ovation backed with “You are a leader song” applauding  Deputy Governor’s expression of resolve to contest the governorship of Imo State, come 2019 and presentation of a distinguished award of Generosity and Philanthropy.

IMO 2019: MBAITOLI PRESENTS MADUMERE TO IMOLITES FOR 2019 IMO GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION

– RESOLVES TO WORK WITH OTHERS FOR VICTORY

Last Saturday, leaders of Mbaitoli local government area of Imo State, in a gathering that appeared like a Congress ratified the governorship ambition of their son, Prince Eze Madumere and resolved to work closely with sister local government, Ikeduru to seek others to ensure Madumere’s emergence as the Governor of the State, come 2019.

The event which took place at the country home of the Deputy Governor witness a large turn out of both political leaders and captains of industry though of different political leaning.

In his remarks, Sir Chukwuma Ekemaru (SAN) in his speech hailed Madumere for his temperament and humility to have worked with Governor Okorocha for about 25 years, a feat he described as mind blowing.

The legal luminary in an emotional laden speech described Prince Madumere as a very good son of the State, a reason he will always identify with him in any project. He expressed happiness that every who is who in Mbaitoli local government area was present, submitting that any resolution taken by the leaders of their calibre is final and must not be contravened.

He therefore called for strategic engagement with everyone that is involved in the movement, even as he called for caution in decisions, while strongly believing that Madumere is a good product to sell to anyone.

Speaking also, Chief Marcon Nlemigbo, commended the leaders present for turning out en mass even on short notice, a heartwarming development described as good omen.

He emphasized the need to work in synergy with other brothers and sisters from every local government, stressing that it is a project God Himself has a hand in, which requires everyone’s input irrespective of political leaning. He hinted that the local government has in no little measure made inputs to the emergence every Governor in the State. He therefore called on other local government areas of the State to support Madumere’s candidacy following his experience, competence and capacity with humane heart.

In the same vein, while supporting Deputy Governor’s gubernatorial ambition, Dr. Nwakonobi Goddy called designing of various layers of plans, revealing the interest of all and sundry to join in various layers of responsible groupings to contribute their own quota. He also urged the audience to go all out in voters cards registration drive.

For Hon. (Mrs.) Ihioma Njoku, the number two citizen of the State has shown resilience, humility and loyalty to an over-stretched degree, saying he deserves to succeed Governor Okorocha having accumulated enough experience with his impeccable credentials as a seasoned Administrator. She encouraged him to step up his effort in the campaign especially in the delegate election.

Earlier, while expressing happiness on the overwhelming turn out of his people, Prince Eze Madumere told his people of his readiness to contest the governorship election, come 2019. He used the forum to commend them for their unrelenting support to him as their son and the Rescue Mission administration at large.

Explaining the reason for the gathering; “the essence of this call is to formerly confer with you my people on my ambition to contest governorship election, come 2019. This is with a view to advancing my vision to fix what the critical economic sectors of the State economy, with the goal of impacting on the people’s standard of living positively. Though I have been a Deputy Governor whose duty is that boundary commission but with the opportunity I had under my boss, I created value for myself. I know what Governance is all about. I have been well groomed in all facets and I have attracted projects to our State with a dint of hard work and diplomacy. With my background as a seasoned Administrator, management consultant, negotiations, I have all it takes to take our State to greater heights. Let me commend you for your support to me as your son, and your support to the government. I hereby call on you all to join me in this race because charity they say begins at home. With your support I can now comfortably go out there with you to reach out to our brothers and sisters from other local governments and zones.”

It be recalled that the Deputy Governor has been receiving lots support from various local governments, groups and individuals since he made his intention known to the public. Governor Rochas Okorocha had on the contrary made him an offer to run for senate for Imo seat, deserving the Douglas plum job for his son-in-law. However, Prince Madumere rejected the offer citing his competence, capacity, experience and also disclosed that will be disappointing to the people of Imo State if he should ever accept such offer.

IMO 2019: MADUMERE WE KNOW – GROUP

– SAYS HIS ANTECEDENT SPEAKS VOLUME

The governorship ambition of the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere has received a boost as the largest grassroots based political structure, National Democratic Mandate Group, NDMG, has adopted him as their sole candidate for Imo gubernatorial election, come 2019.

The grand event, which took place in Owerri at the State executive council meeting of the group witnessed large turnout of members who came three zones of the State.

Speaking to the members at the arrival of the number two citizen of the State, the Director General of NDMG, Hon. Isaac Udeh expressed gladness for the honour he had done them, describing him as the most humble and accessible leader, who is down to earth.

Introducing the Deputy Governor formerly, he described him as a great leader whose antecedent of performance speaks volumes, adding that his contributions to the development of the State cannot be over emphasized.

Speaking further, he revealed that Prince Madumere has remained a staunch believer of NDMG, a structure he said is not strongly rooted in the State but has strong presence in the 36 States of Nigeria including the Federal Capital territory, Abuja.

He therefore presented the Deputy Governor as the only leader who is holding a political position the group has chosen to associate with because of his impeccable credentials devoid of negative past.

High point of the event was the decoration of Prince Madumere as the National Patron of NDMG, as he was pronounced the only gubernatorial aspirant they will work with. The DG of the group and other leaders took turns to shower encomium on Prince Madumere.

Responding, the Deputy Governor commended the group for their vibrancy, saying they remain one of the most organised association he has ever seen. He also commended the integrity and intellectual capacity of the leadership.

I thank you all for finding me worthy to be decorated as the National Patron of this esteemed group. I hereby pledge never to disappoint you in our partnership towards puttjng Imo on the path of rapid development in all facets. I have got the vision, competence and capacity to turn the life of the citizenry around through sound policies and programmes. As your Deputy Governor, with the opportunity I had, I created value for myself thereby contributing my quota to betterment of our people, which are there for anyone to see.

He stressed his interests in micro economic blueprint that will bring food to the table of the downtrodden, saying he has been involved in such policies even with his exposure to the best approach to Governance.

It will be recalled that since Madumere declared interest for 2019 Governorship election, he has been receiving support across the three zones of the State following his competence, capacity and having having come from the favoured Owerri zone, which has not produced Governor since return to civil rule in 1999.

Recently, the Deputy Governor has received groups, notable individuals and other leaders, pledging their support and adopting him for the plum job in Douglas House, come 2019.

 

Photo tag

1. Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere being decorated by the leadership of NDMG led by the D.G, Hon. Isaac Udeh as the National Patron of the group

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2. Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere in a photo pose with the leadership of the students wing of NDMG

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3. The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere ina group photograph with the DG of NDMG, Hon. Isaac Udeh and the women leaders of NDMG

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Madumere forgives Abdul

I Chibuike Ugochukwu Ozuzu from Obazu Mbieri admire Prince Eze Madumere’s leadership qualities. His simplicity is legendary and his heart of forgiveness is second to none.

Prince Eze Madumere doesn’t have any against Aku Obidinma who had issues with his job and took to media to criticise his former boss the Deputy Governor of Imo State Prince Eze Madumere . Aku Obidinma (Abdul), worked as PA on Political Matters to His Excellency, Prince Eze Madumere, the Deputy Governor of Imo State from 2013 to 2015 and when he was sacked, started writing several unpleasant things about his former boss.

The question now, Is Obidinma Aku to be trusted around Prince Eze Madumere aga?.

Orlu elders reject Okorocha’s son-in-law, others

•Decline support for any candidate from Orlu

George Onyejiuwa, Owerri

Ahead of the 2019 governorship election in Imo State, the Orlu Council of Elders have said they will not support any candidate from the zone, including Chief Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Governor Rochas Okorocha.

The elders said there must be equity and social harmony in the state.

This was even as the council pointed out that by 2019, the zone would have ruled the state for 16 years through Chief Achike Udenwa and the incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha. It said the charter of equity signed by the three zones must be respected.

Secretary of the organisation, Prof. Nathan Uzoma, who stated this during a press briefing yesterday, in Owerri, Imo State capital, disclosed that the elders council, headed by Prof. Francis Dike (SAN), had resolved, after its general meeting last month, that there must be equity and balance in the governance of the state.

He said while the council recognises that it is the constitutional right of every Imo indigene to contest the office of the governor of the state, it is morally wrong for a zone that would be concluding 16 years in governance of the state next year, to still be clamouring to occupy the same office beyond 2019.

“The Orlu Elders Council has made it abundantly clear that it will not support any governorship candidate from Orlu in 2019 because of equity and social harmony in the state. By 2019, they would have ruled the state for 16 years and it would be wrong for the zone to be talking of producing another governor in 2019.”

He pointed out that there is a charter of equity in the state on how power is shared and those who are saying zoning is dead in the state are the same people who want the office of the President zoned to the South East in 2023.

“There is a charter of equity in the state which was signed by the three zones on how political power is shared for there to be equity and social harmony in the state.

And they have been campaigning for the re-election of President Buhari, so that South East may have the opportunity of occupying the Presidency; yet, they don’t want the same in the state.

What we want is a good and credible candidate from either Owerri or Okigwe and they will have our support because this organisation is made up of opinion leaders, the academia, professionals, businessmen and politicians across the 12 council areas of the zone and our opinion carries weight.”