On Saturday March 30th, His Excellency Prince Eze Madumere, MFR was sworn in as the 6th Deputy Governor of Imo State. This development comes on the heels of the historical impeachment of Sir Jude Agbaso .
According to an official statement from the Government House signed by Ebere Uzoukwa,
“Madumere replaces Sir Jude Agbaso who was impeached a couple of days ago by the Imo State House of Assembly for demanding and collecting a whopping sum of Four Hundred and Fifty Eight Million Naira (N458M) as gratification from Mr. Joseph Dina, Managing Director of JPROS Int’l Ltd, a Lebanese company handling some of the major road projects in the state.
In his remarks, Gov. Owelle Rochas Okorocha urged the new deputy governor to discharge his duties diligently and selflessly. In his words:
“For you to succeed in this job, you must think less of your yourself and think more of the people. You must never think of the next election but the future of the next generation. You must also hate the idea of primitive accumulation of wealth. Let me say to all of you that a day must come when all of us must bow before God; a day that need no EFCC, no Police and Army to stand on issue of accountability. So, be guided by the fear of God knowing that one day, this job will end”.
I have this confidence in you that you will discharge this function without fear or favour. As we gather to celebrate your inauguration, remember that much is expected from whom much is given. And to Imo people, you heard from the deputy governor saying that he must not be found wanting. On that statement I stand as your governor. But be rest assured that the rescue mission is on course and will remain unturned.
Let me again say that it is unfortunate that I have to miss the former deputy governor, Sir Jude Agbaso whom I worked with and whom I have very unique love for. The circumstances that led to his removal is very unfortunate and I want to use this opportunity to wish him well in his future endeavor.
Earlier in his speech, the new deputy governor, Prince Madumere MFR promised to remain focused and committed to the doctrines of Gov. Owelle Rochas Okorocha-led Rescue Mission administration. A copy of the full speech by His Excellency, the Deputy Governor is available at the end of this article.
Here are some memorable moments from the ceremony.
His Excellency, Prince Eze Madumere takes his oath of office….
Signing the almighty OATH…
Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice B. A. Njemanze congratulates His Excellency…
The Executive Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha receives the speech from the Deputy Governor shortly after his oath of office was administered…
SIGNED – SEALED – DELIVERED!! 😀
HRH Eze Henry Anorue Madumere & Ugoeze Malinda Madumere
The Chief Judge Justice Benjamin Njemanze & President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Pius Ifeanyichukwu Okpara