Former Delta state governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, who was recently released from the London Prison after serving out a jail term, has rallied support for the incumbent governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa ahead of the 2019 elections.
Ibori spoke Sunday in Oghara, his hometown at a welcome ceremony organised in his honour by Delta Political Vanguard for Okowa, a socio-political group led by Michael Diden, member representing Warri North Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly.
The former governor, in his belief that governors from all the zones of the state should serve two-terms of eight years, expressed confidence that he has the capacity to deliver the governor and assured that there would be no room for change in the Government House, Asaba.
“I have a right to ask my people to support his administration until 2023 to be able to complete his agenda for Delta State. It is true that I am still resting and it is not time for me to start politics. I am very grateful for the way you welcome me. After I have rested, I will start to make comments and you people will hear what I will have to say.
“Okowa is laying a foundation for the development of Delta State and four years will not be enough and he will need another four years to continue to do this. I support his agenda and I will back up whatever I say. When he finishes, we shall continue from there.”
He urged all Delta people to be united and stay together, adding that they should maintain the peace in their respective domains, particularly in the coastal areas as Okowa need a peaceful atmosphere to perform.
“You gave him the mandate and so you should support him to actualize this mandate. We should continue to reposition our state as a strategic state in the country. Be loyal to your governor and be loyal to your state,” Ibori said.
In his remarks, Diden said the ceremony was to support and welcome Ibori, whom he described as their political leader, back to the state.
He the group and political associates from across the state were behind Okowa’s re-election in 2019.When contacted by The Guardian, Ibori’s spokesman, Tony Eluemunor, said he had not been briefed on the new development.