By Jon Egie


Chief James Onanefe Ibori

Chief of Staff to Governor Okowa, Olorogun David Edevbie has described former governor of Delta state, Chief Ibori as a national Statesman and a political progressive who is sincerely committed to the development of Delta State.

Paying tribute to the former governor who turns 61 on August 4, 2019, Olorogun David Edevbie in a statement issued by him said Chief James Ibori instituted pragmatism into the politics and social life of the people of Delta state.

He noted that the foundation of modern day Delta state unarguably is paved with the economic development vision of Chief James Ibori stressing that Ibori’s political ideology has created equal opportunities for Deltans from all walks of life to attain their aspirations and ambitions in politics, economy and social status. The template, he observed has engendered peaceful coexistence among the various ethnic groups in Delta state.

“Ibori has clearly demonstrated over time that power rotation amongst the various Senatorial districts was the only panacea for peace based on fairness and equity. Any other option would only lead to trouble and strife in the land and should be eschewed by all well meaning Deltans.” Edevbie said.

He ascribed the success and achievements recorded in the first tenure of Governor Okowa to the SMART agenda which is underpinned by the political and economic blueprint laid down by Chief Ibori in 1999.

Edevbie expressed confidence that successive PDP administrations in the state would carry on from where Governor Okowa eventually stops in the same spirit.

“ Ibori is a national statesman and I ask all Deltans to celebrate the 61st birthday of Chief James Ibori  just as I ask God to grant Ibori long life and good health to continue to guide and contribute to the development of Delta state.