Imprisoned James Ibori Deciding the Choice of Next Delta Governor from His London Prison
Past events related to the convicted former Governor of Delta State, James Onanefe Ibori reveals that the man despite being locked in a person in faraway London still monitors what happens in his state, Delta.
Sources have said that the former governor who was convicted for money laundering offences has in the past influenced some decision of the sitting state governor, Emmanuel Ufuaghan. A case in point is the decision of the state to challenge the confiscation of the 15 million dollar bribe Ibori gave to Ribadu.
The latest report is however more shocking and puts to question the brand of politics being practiced in the country.
Leadership newspaper is reporting that Ibori is influencing the choose of the next governor of the state from his London prison.
The report reads
Ahead of the 2015 elections, uneasy calm reigns in Delta State following reports of interference by Chief James Ibori, the former state governor currently serving a jail term, in the choice of who becomes the governor after Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Sources said that Ibori is currently at war with key players of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the purported choice of the governorship candidate.
Although it is widely believed that it is the turn of Delta North to produce the governor, it was reliably gathered that the choice of Mr Tony Obuh, a permanent secretary in the Government House, Asaba, was rejected by the former governor who alleged that Obuh was yet to pass through the political mills.
Ibori was said to have vowed that an Urhobo person must emerge as the next governor of the state.
It was also gathered that the former governor claimed that Tony Obuh is not a sellable candidate and has urged Dr Uduaghan to scout for an Urhobo candidate that will take over from him in 2015.
Ibori, who is said to be working for President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of 2015, is allegedly working with the famous Ijaw nationalist, Chief E. A. Clark to make a credible Urhobo the next governor of Delta State.
However, those who spoke to our correspondent disagreed with Chief Ibori’s political moves, insisting that it is the turn of Aniocha North senatorial district to produce the next governor.
Chief Igoyota Amori, Chief Monday Igbuya and a group called Delta North for Governor are currently mobilising for Tony Obuh, who is said to be the anointed son of the governor.
At present, posters and billboards of various persons aspiring to be the governor of the state have adorned every nook and cranny of Asaba.
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