Ex-Delta State Governor James Ibori, who was found guilty of money laundering and was in a UK prison for five years before getting released in February last year, has disclosed that he has forgiven everyone who ganged up against him, leading to his eventual incarceration.
James Ibori, who spoke at a grand reception organised for him at Ovwor-Olomu in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state by one of his Urhobo kinsmen and political associate, Chief John Oguma, at the weekend, said;
“I have forgiven all those who played one role or the other in my incarceration.
It has been a year since I returned from my sabbatical leave. I thank God and the entire Urhobo class for their support. In the days ahead, my actions will express my gratitude to you all’.
Those who spoke at the event, eulogised the exceptional leadership qualities of the two-term governor of Delta State, describing him as a bridge-builder and unifying factor particularly in the Niger-Delta.
We reported earlier that at the event, the PDP National Chairman, Secondus extolled the sterling leadership prowess of Ibori, and harped on his outstanding contributions to the development of the entire Niger Delta region and Delta State in particular.
Secondus, who asserted that only the PDP can rescue Nigeria from the inept and rudderless leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC), said the former governor deserved all the accolades and honours he’s been receiving from individuals and groups “because he is a man of the people who had built a solid national political structure.”
According to Secondus, “Ibori must be celebrated because he is a man of the people, not just in Delta State but across the country today, and he is a factor in this country. On behalf of the masses of our country, we salute you (Ibori); we salute your courage because you are a man who believes in the struggle of the party.”