A High Court in Owerri, the Imo State Capital, has stopped the swearing-in of Mr Calistus Ekenze as the new Deputy Governor of the state.
This follows a motion before the court by Mr Eze Madumere who is challenging his impeachment as deputy governor of the state.
The interim order of the court was issued as top government officials had started gathering at the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chambers inside the Government House in Owerri where the swearing-in was supposed to take place.
Following the ruling, the Imo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for justice, Miletus Nlemadim, announced that the state government had complied with a fresh order from the court preventing the Chief Judge of the state, Pascal Nnadi, from swearing-in Mr Ekenze, Channels writes.
Mr Nlemadim said the state government is doing everything possible to vacate the order to enable the swearing-in of the deputy governor designate on a future date.
Reacting to the court ruling, the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has urged all parties to be calm and obey the court order to prevent any breakdown of law and order in the state
Madumere was on Monday impeached by 19 out of 27 members of the House after a breakdown in relations between him and Governor Okorocha.