The ceremony, which took place in the Sam Mbakwe Extended Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Owerri, attracted several dignitaries, including the President, Customary Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Pius Ifeanyi Okpara, lawmakers and traditional rulers.
Addressing Prince Madumere, Governor Rochas Okorocha warned that “in this job, you must hate the idea of primitive accumulation wealth, as well as be guided that this job must end one day”.
Okorocha, who said that the swearing-in of Prince Madumere was ordained by God, however expressed regret that he lost his former deputy, Sir Jude Agbaso.
“It is unfortunate that l lost my former deputy, Sir Jude Agbaso. It is unfortunate that what happened had to happen. However, I wish him well”, Okorocha said.
In his response, Prince Madumere said: “Circumstance have (sic) today made me the Deputy Governor. Governor Rochas okorocha has for long remained my mentor. My task as Deputy Governor is easy because I am an apostle of the rescue mission”.
He promised to continue being a humble servant, stressing that he cannot afford the luxury of disappointing the government and people of Imo State.