- Jude Agbaso has been finally vindicated by the court
- In a ruling on Monday, his removal as the deputy governor of Imo state in 2013 was nullified
- The judgement vindicating Agbaso was passed 8 years after the Imo House of Assembly removed him over alleged corruption
The impeachment of Jude Agbaso as the deputy governor of Imo state has been nullified by the court, with the judgment coming after 8 years.
In a ruling on Monday, February 15, a presiding judge at the Owerri high court ruled in favour of Agbaso who was the deputy to a former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha.
On March 28, 2013, the Imo state House of Assembly had impeached Agbaso over an allegation that he collected N458 million and red label drink as bribes from a construction firm, J- pros, The Punch reports.
Justice I. S Opara, however, said that gave the consent judgment on Monday since the parties affected had opted to settle óut of court.
Reacting to the court judgement, counsel to Agabso, Chijoke Emeka, disclosed that the consent judgment had nullified the impeachment of his client as the deputy governor of the state.
Meanwhile, Agbaso, in a reaction to the ruling, said he felt elated to be “vindicated” eight years after he was accused of being involved in fraud.
The former deputy governor said he was framed up by Okorocha so that he could have his way.
“It has been a torturous eight years but I thank the good people of Imo State. I thank the government of Senator Hope Uzodinma for its bold stand, which hastened the resolution."
In a related development, Legit.ng reported that Fred Udogu, a caretaker committee chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi state, was sacked by the court.
In a judgment on Wednesday, February 10, the PDP committee headed by Udogu was also declared illegal by a Federal High Court sitting in Abaliki, the Ebonyi state capital.
Nnachi Okoro, a legal counsel to the Onyekachi Nwebonyu-led PDP executive in Ebonyi state had filed a case before the court in November 2020 seeking the dissolution of the Udogu-led faction.
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