Ibori’s coming is a beginning of so many good things – Deltans

The ancient town of Oghara in Ethiope West local Governments Area of Delta was on Saturday agog as former governor James Ibori returned home after serving jail term in a UK prison. Ibori, who was convicted by a British court on charges of money laundering, arrived at the Benin Airport on Saturday aboard a chartered plane, IZYAIR, with registration number India Zulu Yanky (5NIZY).

Ibori stepped into his country home Oghara at about 3:30 pm on Saturday after completing his 13-year jail term in UK. His residence was besieged by well wishers and political associates in the state to felicitate with their leader. Hunreds of the well wishers trekked a long distance and around the town carrying leaves while some painted their faces with chalk jubilating Similarly, musical stands were set up in various locations in the town as musicians entertained the crowd. Speaking outside Ibori’s home, Mr Ighoyota Amori, a former senator representing Delta Central, said the return of Ibori was a good omen to the people. “We are happy that Ibori is back, people are jubilating, the crowd you see here and the enthusiasm that has been displayed today showed that we really missed him. “This is the only way for us to appreciate that our leader who left us long ago is back.

 “His coming is a beginning of so many good things to come, by his presence today, l am sure we are gaining back all we have lost. “Ibori remains in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but it is not time to discuss politics, all his followers around are members of PDP,” Amori said. Also speaking to newsmen, Mr Lovett Idisi, member representing Ethiope East and Ethiope West Federal Constituency, thanked God for the safe return of Ibori. “We prayed that all our PDP faithful should be steadfast now that we have a pure political direction. “Their support has not been in vain, I believe now that our leader is out, we will have a sense of direction. We are a sheep with a shepherd right now.

“In my constituency, we now have somebody to consult without travelling overseas,” Idisi said. One of Oghara’s youth leader, Mr Efe Moses said the return of Ibori would turn things around for the good of Oghara. “We are grateful to God for the return of our chief (Ibori), sure things will turn around for better from now on in Oghara. “Ibori is our father and we can die because of him,’’ Moses said. Security was beefed up to maintain law and order within and outside the Ibori residence.

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Remember that this is seven years after he fled Nigeria, former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, dressed in dark ash long sleeve shirt and navy blue jean trouser, arrived his country home, Oghara, headquarters of Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state, to an epic welcome by his kinsmen, politicians, friends and top functionaries of the state government, at about 3.20 pm, Saturday.
Human movement literally stood still at Oghara shortly after his arrival from Benin Airport in company of a litany of politicians, including his long-standing All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain ally, Chief Ayiri Emami. His entourage could not disembark on arrival because of the mammoth crowd until about 3.41 pm, as not only the villagers, but political associates and friends flooded his country home.

Ibori’s coming is a beginning of so many good things – Deltans Ibori’s coming is a beginning of so many good things – Deltans Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Saturday, February 04, 2017 Rating: 5

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