By Jon Egie
A Chieftain of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) in Ughelli has described the recent confession of former Governor James Ibori as the act of God.
The DPP Chieftain who pleaded anonymity for fear of being victimized said the plea of guilt by Chief James Ibori before the Southwark Crown Court, London is God’s own making “because no matter how long one hides a lie, it will surely come out one day. Only the truth can vindicate one, you cannot live under a lie for long” he said.
Ahead of the forth coming local polls in Delta state, the DPP Leader who is also aspiring for an elective position cautioned PDP members to learn a lesson from the Ibori’s saga by making effort to live on the right path with God.
He said the huge amount of money involved as loot by James Ibori, a DPP led administration in Delta state would have been able to transform the lives of Deltans and put in place enviable infrastructure and other social amenities.
“If DPP were in government, the money would have been used for Deltans very well. It is obvious that the show of shame performed by Ibori is a tradition of the PDP led administration across the country. The people have never supported the PDP governments in all tiers so this news is a catalyst for the electorate to hate them more because they have never been given the chance to vote and when they do, their votes do not count”
Based on the plea of guilt by Ibori, the DPP chieftain called on the electorate to come en masse, whenever the local polls are held and do what they did in the last general election by voting out the PDP and voting for the right candidates as well as defend their votes so that their mandates will not be stolen by “this wicked and greedy people”
Asked for his position on the on going calls for a pardon for Ibori, he retorted, “On what ground should Ibori be pardoned? This is a fight against corruption; you can see how our judiciary messed up the whole thing by acquitting a man who stole. The court in the UK actually vindicated Nigerians. It is a lesson for our politicians that public office is not to enrich oneself.
“Sentencing him is punitive and would serve as a deterrent to other politicians who may love to fiddle with public funds. Ibori’s case shows that he can never change in his life. Jailing him is the best option for him and he will serve as an example to all who perpetuate such crimes.