By James Ezema
A group of South-South leaders, under the aegis of Urhobo Political Forum (UPF), has dissociated former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, from involvement in any presidential succession plot.
The group, in a statement signed by its National Chairman, Chief Ighoyota Amori, said categorically that Chief Ibori was not fighting the Vice-President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, andÂ Senate President, Chief David Mark, as earlier reported in the media.
UPF, therefore, described the report as sad, adding that those involved in the sagaÂ were mischief makers trying to cause chaos in the polity.
â€œThe Urhobo Political Forum takes strong exception to the front page publication of Vanguard of 14 December 2009, which alleged that our National Leader, Chief James Ibori, is fighting David Mark and Goodluck Jonathan over the succession of Yarâ€™Adua.
â€œIt is sad to note that while good-minded Nigerians are praying and fasting for the speedy recovery of Mr. President, mischief makers are busy fine-tuning how to cause chaos in the polity.”
Be it known that all these attempts to continuously rubbish our leader, Chief Ibori is not only a great disservice to our great nation but also an front to God Almighty who created this great son and gave him to us as a gift to Nigeriaâ€, UPF stated.
The body reiterated that Chief Ibori has great respect for David Mark and Goodluck Jonathan, saying that it was the will of God for them to be in the leadership position they are now occupying.
According to them, â€œChief James Ibori is a private citizen who has served this nation meritoriously and should be allowed enjoy his quiet rest.
All those afraid of his credentials should stop planting imaginary stories in our newspapers. Chief Ibori is a proud Nigerian who can never go out of his way or be involved in fighting any Nigerian.
â€œHe has great respect for David Mark and Goodluck Jonathan. And it is the will of God for any one them to be at the helm of affairs of this country, Chief Ibori cannot and will not fight against them.
â€œChief Ibori and Goodluck are not only from this same neigbouring tribes of Urhobo and Ijaw that have a lot of history of harmonious relationship but also great sons of South-South Nigeria.
It is on record that Chief Ibori not only stood by Goodluck Jonathan when he was in Beayelsa as deputy governor but also worked tirelessly for his victory at the polls in 2007 as vice-presidentâ€.
UPF advised: â€œMischief makers should in the interest of this nation stop causing a stir where non exists. UPF will no longer tolerate the bashing of our leader on the pages of newspaper. A word is enough for the wise.â€