By Emma Amaize, Festus Ahon, Ochuko Akuopha, & Paul Olayemi
OGHARA—Prominent Deltans, including the ex-military governor of defunct Mid-West region, Major- General David Ejoor (retd) and former acting governor of the state, Mr Sam Obi, joined others, yesterday, to celebrate with a former governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, who returned to the country, Saturday, after serving a jail term in the United Kingdom.
Also at Ibori’s country home in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area, to celebrate with him over his return, were the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRM Abe I, Managing Director of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Chief William Makinde, Executive Director, Social Services Development of the commission, Mr. Ochor Ochor, former Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Mr. Raymos Guanah, former Commissioner for Commerce, Olorogun Ebenezemr Okorodudu and former Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Love Ojakovo.
The list also include the former Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, Chief Pius Sinebe, Special Project Director, Ughelli-Asaba Road dualization, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, former Chairman of Post Primary Education Board, Philomena Ededey, Mr. Steve Ovedje, Mr. Solomon Areyenka, Mr. Paul Owumi, Chairman of the PDP in Ethiope West Local Government Area, Mr. Ojo Onome, among others.
Visitors started flocking his residence about 11a.m., and were received at the conference hall of the former governor.
Speaking with newsmen during the visit, Mr Obi said the return of the former governor had brought an atmosphere of conviviality to the state.
Describing Ibori’s return as delightful, he said: “Deltans are celebrating the return of our father, who is a political colossus. He is a detrabilized man and his absence was felt by all and sundry. His return has brought hope to everyone because he represents hope for Deltans.”
A lawmaker in the state, Olorogun Taleb Tebite, said Chief Ibori’s return would redefine the politics of the state, adding: “He brought dynamism and empowerment to the politics of Delta State.”
The member representing Warri South constituency II in the state House of Assembly, Chief Denis Omovie, expressed optimism that Chief Ibori would bring the Urhobo together again to speak with one voice.”
Chairman of Sapele Local Government Area, Chief Ejaife Odebala, told Vanguard: “The great leader is back and we are happy. The politics and permutations of Delta State will change as he knows how to satisfy people and make them happy.”
Another political leader, Chief Solomon Ighrakpata, asserted that Ibori would provide political direction to the Urhobo people, adding: “Wherever he goes, Urhobo will follow him.”
On his part, the member representing Okpe constituency in the state House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, stated: “I am very elated, I am very glad, I am very excited, Deltans are excited, everyone is excited about his return. We give God the praise. It is a thing of joy having him back home. He is a good man and everybody loves him for that.”
Chairman of Sapele Local Government Area, Chief Ejaife Odebala, told Vanguard: “The great leader is back and we are happy. The politics and permutations of Delta state would change as he knows how to satisfy people and make them happy.”
Member of the state House of Assembly representing Ndokwa, Mr Alphonsus Ojo, said: “His arrival will bring lots of changes in our psyche and social integration, which would be restored again, as it was when he was around. His coming will bring unity to the politics of Delta state.”
Former Commissioner for Local Government Affairs under Chief Ibori, Origin Ebenezer Okorodudu, also said: “I am glad that our leader is back to the country. The good works of Chief James Onanefe Ibori still speak volume after leaving office almost 10 years ago. So, his return is a welcome development.”