James Ibori must be celebrated – PDP Chairman

Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says James Ibori, former governor of Delta state, “must be celebrated”.

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Speaking during a grand reception organised in honour of Ibori at Ovwor-Olomu in Ughelli south local government area of Delta, Secondus praised the “sterling leadership qualities” of the former governor.

The reception, which took place on Saturday, was attended by Emmanuel Uduaghan, a former governor of Delta, and Ifeanyi Okowa, the incumbent.

Ibori returned to the country on February 4 after spending close to five years in jail in the UK for money laundering.

A statement by the press office of the Delta state government quoted Secondus as saying Ibori is a “unifying figure and a blessing to the Niger Delta region”.

The PDP chairman was quoted to have said: “Ibori must be celebrated because he is a man of the people not just in Delta state but across the nation.

“Today, he is a factor in this country. On behalf of the masses of our country, we salute you, we salute your courage because you are a man who believes in the struggle of the party.”

He said in Ibori, Delta has “a son that has built a political structure that is envied across the nation.

“Delta state remains the only state in the nation that has a stability in political succession. It remains the only state where all the governors that have ruled the state are still members of the PDP.”

Okowa linked the “foundation of development” in the state to Ibori, saying he established a political structure “which served as a bridge builder and development agent across the country”.

Ibori was first arrested in Dubai by Interpol operatives on May 13, 2010, from where he was subsequently extradited to the UK.

A UK court convicted him of fraud in 2012 and handed him a 13-year jail sentence but he regained freedom in December, after serving four and half years and agreeing to be deported from the country.

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10 Comments

  1. Shameless party and men of criminality.To celebrate n ex-convict????This will show you how we have degenerated as a nation.

  2. Thank you for letting NIGERIANS KNOW WHAT TYPE OF LEADER YOU ARE AS A PERSON IN CHARGE OF PDP. A PARTY OF CRIMINALS THIEVES AND VAGABONDS. God will spare this nation of PDP EVER COMING BACK.

  3. It’s only a dead and shameless party that is PDP with it’s incompetent,lackey chairman Uche Secondus(whatever that means) that will celebrate a certified thief and looter like James Ibori. I am not surprised at all!

  4. What a stupid and daft statement
    It’s only in this part of the world that fraudstars and public fund looters are celebrated
    Shame to all corruption sympathisers

  5. This is one of the reasons why our country, Nigeria, cannot progress out of infancy into maturity! When men like Secondus open their mandible to spat out heresy in d name of politics! A convicted fraud has suddenly become a man to be celebrated by PDP and it’s lackeys. My advise is for all to guard their PVC and make sure this bunch of thieves never return to anywhere near the seat of power.

  6. This is surely a wake up call for Nigerians by these looters. Can we see how our country was been ridiculed by the Ghanaians after President Buhari’s statement of collaborating with Ghana to fight corruption at their independence celebration recently. The other enemies of this nation are the legislators. They’re bunch of thieves who must be voted out.

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