Former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori has been included as a member of the national convention planning committee for Saturday’s special non-elective convention of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Ibori has been listed as No 41 in the main organizing committee of the PDP, which is headed by the Delta State governor and one of his successors, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
The Saturday, August 12, 2017, non-elective national convention is put together by the the party ostensibly to extend the tenure of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee to enable them conduct the elective convention which is speculated to hold in November.
The Senator Makarfi led C’ttee, whose one year extension mandate, after the 2016 botched national convention of the party in Port Harcourt will terminate on August 16, 2017, is expected to get a further extention of between 60 – 90 days at the non-elective convention, which is expected to effect some amendments of the party’s constitution.
Chief Ibori has been quite visible in the landscape of Delta State, especially in some very notable social and religious functions and Oghara has been a socio/political Jerusalem for virtually all political pilgrims in the state who have come either individually or in groups to pay homage to the acclaimed godfather of Delta politucs, since his return from London.
But while he has not physically attended any core political meeting or gathering either in Delta or nationally so far, the aura and presence of the former Delta State Governor has loomed large and hung authoritatively on the political firmament, permeating into all major political decisions including the movement’s, selections and elections of key political figures at all levels, with the same unwavering, unchallenged and incontrovertible influence that he has always wielded either abroad or at home.
Mr. Tony Eluemunor, a prominent Media Aide to Ibori, while reacting to the inclusion of his principal in the PDP committee, noted that Ibori’s nomination in the committee was normal since he had neither left the party nor indicated that he was leaving the PDP, adding that Ibori was equally invited to the last National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting, even though he didn’t attend.
Eluemunor said, “It is a privilege given to every former PDP governor. Ibori is a former governor and he has not left PDP. So, there is nothing unusual in his name being included in the list. He was invited to the last NEC meeting but he did not attend.”
Feelers from impeccable sources within Wadata Plaza, which houses the PDP Secretariat, hint unequivocally that the nomination of Chief James Ibori into the PDP Convention C’tree was overwhelmingly unanimous, not only in recognition of his monumental political value to the rejuvenation of an ailing PDP, but also as a nominee from the state of the convention c’ttee chairman Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who is not just a scion of the former Delta governor but an astute political figure, who many believe has also used the nomination to subtle ease Chief Ibori back into the national political mix, especially now that the calculations and plottings for the 2019 general elections are beginning to be hatched.