Incumbent governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa was all praises for a former governor of the state, James Ibori, upon being declared as winner of the March 9, governorship election.
In his victory speech, the present governor hailed the former governor as the mentor, who taught him everything he knows about governances – while thanking him for his support through the years.
I want to appreciate my leader, former Governor James Ibori for his encouragement, support and all he has taught me all through these years, he said.
I also thank the Chair of the campaign, DG of the campaign and all other members of the Campaign Council and the Directorate for the great job done in not just delivering myself and my deputy, but also delivering to Senators, 9 members of House of Reps and 26 members of the House Assembly, he added.
It will be recalled that Ibori, who served as Governor of the state between 1999 to 2007 was convicted of corruption for which he served jail term in the UK.
The statement which he shared via his Twitter handle on Monday, sparked serious reactions amongst some Nigerians, who decried why a former governor convicted of corruption will be someone’s mentor.
South south should really be ahsamed with the crop of leaders from that region. Corrupt and bloodsucking kinda individuals
— Shile Bugga (@shilepoppa) March 11, 2019
…you mean the common thief who was prosecuted in the UK for embezzling funds from public coffers…. well done!! Na una indigenes I blame!! pic.twitter.com/vMhksXPUB7
— Naija PunStar! ♈ (@DAgubamah) March 11, 2019
Appreciate who? Kai. What nonsense is This?
— Mazi Frank Ifeanyi (@OkonkwoPerez) March 11, 2019
Your ex- convicted boss.
— Omo Ibo@Oduwani (@okandeji) March 11, 2019
The moment you called James Ibori your leader, I can't say anything again oooo. Delta people una weldone o
— Andrew Silva (@AndrewS90373057) March 11, 2019
Only in Nigeria will a chronically corrupt and convicted person serves as mentor to a sitting Governor.
Nigeria needs help
— عبد الجليل مصطفى🧫🔬💊🧬🥼 (@JO_Mustapha) March 11, 2019
Did he teach you how to steal and evade justice too?
— Amstel2011 (@Amstel20111) March 11, 2019
😂 they are thanking ibori oo, issokay we move 💪🏿
— Sherlock Holmes (@KabassaMohawk) March 11, 2019
Your leader, an excon… wawuuu,.. wawuuu wawuuuu..
— OTUNBA Folarin Akingbesote (@BhabaFlo) March 11, 2019
Taught you how to steal or what? I don’t understand what one can possibly Lear from James Ibori
— DXP 𓃵🍥 (@dxpo_) March 11, 2019
glorified criminal. delta people are in bondage
— b (@gchild8701) March 11, 2019