The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday granted an application by the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, to halt the impeachment process against him by the State House of Assembly.
On Tuesday, the House set up a six-member committee headed by Kennedy Ibe, member representing Obowo Local Government Area, to probe allegations of misconduct against Madumere and report back to it within seven days.
However, only 48 hours later, the committee submitted its report, concluding that the Deputy Governor has a case to answer.
The House subsequently on Thursday, served a notice of impeachment on Madumere, asking him to defend himself against the allegations against him.
Madumere argued he was not properly served the notice and thereafter dragged the lawmakers and the State Chief Judge before the court in Abuja.
The Judge, O.A Musa, granted the applicant leave to serve the processes in the suit on the defendants.
“Parties are to maintain the status quo pending the hearing of the motion on notice,” the court directed.
“Any party affected by this order may apply to set it aside for good cause,” the judge directed.
“Parties are to file a written argument addressing this court on its jurisdiction to entertain the instant suit.
“Motion on notice is adjourned to November 27,” he said.