Former governor of Delta State, James Onanefe Ibori, has said that despite his arrest and detention and the case against him by the EFCC he now has the chance to cleanse his name in the court of law.
Ibori spoke through his Special Assitant, Media, Tony Eluemunor.
According to Eluemunor, “Ibori was in high spirits after the case was adjourned, said that for years “faceless organizations and persons have spawned media attacks against him, publishing innuendoes, outright lies, and even forgeries”, just to smear him. He said he is now facing the case against him with the utmost confidence in the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary which are advancing inexorably everyday in Nigeria.”
He said: “Here in this temple of justice, it is their word against mine, lies against truth, and the arbiter is, fortunately for us all, justice pure and simple. A law court is the ultimate level playing field. I will clear my name, though they may not know it that is the opportunity they have inadvertently thrown my way. I embrace this challenge with both arms”.
Numerous highly placed citizens, including Senators and House of Representatives members came to Kaduna to declare their support for the former Governor. Others too poured in from Asaba, the Delta State capital, while others came from far afield as Lagos . Ibori, in high spirits, shook hands with them and tried to encourage them those who wore sad faces to cheer up “for justice will be done and the innocent will go free.”
“Meanwhile, despite the various reports over how Ibori reported to the EFCC Headquarters on Wednesday 11th December 20017, the truth remains that he personally drove himself in his own car to the place. When the EFCC officials came to the Kwara State Liasion Office, Abuja, the Kwara State Governor’s Aide de Camp (ADC) asked for a warrant of arrest or he would not let them meet with Ibori: the officials had none and they had to return to their office to bring it. That is an incontrovertible truth and it can be verified.”