By Austin Ogwuda
Former Delta State Governor, Chief James Ibori, yesterday spoke from custody in Dubai, saying: “I am fine,” and drummed support for the re-election of Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan as governor of the state in the January 6 gubernatorial re-run election.
The former governor who spoke during a telephone conversation between him and the member representing Ethiope West constituency in the state House of Assembly, Mr. Ben Igbakpa, appealed to his kinsmen to lend one 100 per cent support in ensuring that Uduaghan emerged victorious, saying: “That election is my (Ibori) election.”
Igbakpa, during his constituency briefing at Oghara Civil Centre, called Ibori through his mobile phone and placed it on speaker for the audience to hear the conversation.
Ibori from the other end said: “Ethiope West waadoo.. I am very fine here. Please endeavour to keep the peace especially in this yuletide period. I beg you in God’s name to stand by Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan in the coming election because that election is my election, it is our election.”
Lawmaker Igbaka later explained to reporters the rationale behind the public conversation.
According to him, “this is yuletide period and you know the people have not seen him (Ibori) for sometime, so that was ample opportunity for him to allay their fears about his health and challenges and also to say that the believes in their prayers for him to overcome the challenges.”
On the speculation over alleged poor health of the ex-governor, Igbakpa said: “As you can see, everybody heard him while he (Ibori) was talking. He said he was fine, very hale and hearty and he is in high spirit.”