Commend his contributions to Niger Delta struggle
By Nsikan Ikpe
In a marked expression of the fact that all politics is local, Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated former Delta State Governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori on the laudable achievements recorded during his tenure.
Okowa spoke as Ibori turned 58.
In a congratulatory message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, Governor Okowa extolled the enigmatic political prowess of his former boss, astute administrator and leader of impeccable disposition.
According to Governor Okowa, the sterling contributions of Chief Ibori to the development of Delta State and Nigeria is legendary, and will remain a subject of discuss by contemporary political watchers.
Okowa said, “On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I wish to felicitate with a leader par excellence, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, on the occasion of his 58th birthday on Thursday, August 4th 2016.
“My distinguished leader, that Oil producing states of the Niger Delta are enjoying 13% Derivation today is unarguably due to your indefatigable role as a champion of Resource Control and Fiscal Federalism.
“Deltans and Nigerians cannot forget in a hurry how you laboured to the build the most virile, potent and undefeatable political force in Delta State, even as your legacies still dot the nooks and crannies of the State”.
“In a life that has seen you clocked 58 years amidst your achievements in public service and political endeavours, there is great cause for you, members of your family, your many associates, protégés and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His benevolence upon you.
“As you deservedly celebrate this birthday, it is my prayer that Almighty God continues to bless you with robust health and many more years of happiness.
“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His continued guidance, protection and provision for you in the past 58 years of a life of outstanding contribution to humanity”.
Ibori has for years now been serving time in a United Kingdom prison after admitting to charges of money laundering.