2019: James Ibori Set To Join APC

By Ikenga Chronicles December 24, 2016

2019: James Ibori Set To Join APC

Report has emerged on Friday night that former Delta State Governor, James Ibori who was just granted bail by a London court is planning to join the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) in order to have a soft landing and save himself from prosecution.It is also expected that Ibori will join, to regain political relevance come 2019.

Though Ibori is not set to return to Nigeria anytime soon, it is not clear on which political platform the ex-convict will be running in 2019, if indeed he will be contesting for a political office as the ruling APC are making frantic effort to woo him.

Some political analysts and lawyers have argued for and against whether Ibori should still face charges in Nigeria after serving a jail term in the UK.

However, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has said that Ibori still belongs to its fold because he did not at any time leave the party.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said; “Ibori has never left the party, so the question of re-admittance does not arise. He is still a leader of the party, and I am aware of the fact that our members in Delta State are very happy with him.They don’t have problem with him at all”.

Recall that Senate Committee Chairman on Niger Delta Commission(NDDC) Peter Nwaoboshi in a widely publicised five minutes video had alluded that Ibori anointed governors and even supported the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to get to their exalted seats while in prison.

The senator also called the attention of Ibori to the fact that he had been betrayed by some of those he helped while in office, a statement to which Ibori replied: “I am the father of all; the good, the bad and the ugly”.

But Dogara reacted, saying, though there is a possibility that Ibori, could be his silent supporter, he had no personal relationship with the ex-convict and that he was duly elected by members of the lower legislative chamber, not by Ibori.

“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to Nwaoboshi. We have watched the video clip and noticed that there is nowhere the distinguished senator mentioned Dogara by name.”

“For the records, we want to state that the Speaker was elected by the votes of members of the House of Representatives. There may well be silent supporters and well-wishers of the honourable speaker from far and near
some of whom he may not be aware of.

“Dogara does not have a relationship, political or otherwise with Ibori to warrant the insinuations in the statement credited to Nwabaoshi, and had never had one.”