By Gab Ejuwa
National Chairman of Abigborodo community in Delta State and secretary of Delta State Chapter of Niger Delta Youth Movement, NDYM, comprising youths of Ijaw, Itsekiri, Urhobo, Isoko and Ndokwa extractions, Mr Monday Agbeyi, has stated that the return of former governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, will strengthen the unity among politicians in the state.
Agbeyi, who spoke at Oghara, yesterday, said there was no way the name of Chief Ibori can be written off from state politics because, according to him, Ibori made impact in the development of Delta State and left his foot prints in the sands of time.
“That is why his name is still being mentioned today. In the civil service, he employed half the number of civil servants serving in Delta State. He constructed roads, built hospitals, schools, health centres and others. On his arrival, the airport was filled with political gladiators across the state and beyond. We are very happy that our political leader is back safe and healthy.
“As a matter of fact, I have always believed that there is no one that has served as a governor that has a 100 percent clean record. Some of the things that put the former governor in the dungeon may be as a result of failure of some persons who served under him to keep proper records of projects executed and day to day running of the state. Some didn’t pass through due process and so on.
“I don’t believe he embezzled money as claimed by the prosecution following fake evidences presented by security agents over there,” he said.
As a matter of fact, he was not supposed to be jailed because it was a gang up against him.”
Asked if Ibori return will not alter the political permutations in the state, Agbeyi said, “I believe his coming will not alter the polity of Delta State but it will rather strengthen the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Delta State. He should take his rightful position in the state. The history of the state will not be complete without mentioning the name of Ibori. He should call all aggrieved party members in the state and reconcile them for a stronger force.”