By Lere Olayinka

Let me help the APC goons running their mouths about PDP inclusion of former Delta State Governor, Chief James Ibori in the National Convention Committee.

Fact is Ibori was convicted in UK, he has served his punishment, and imprisonment of anyone should be reformatory and not a stigma with which someone’s existence must be terminated.

Now to the APC; 
1. The first National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande was jailed in 1984 by a Tribunal duly set up by Buhari's military regime for using funds belonging to the old Oyo State to fund his political party.

Interestingly, Baba Bisi Akande was only released from jail and not pardoned by the Ibrahim Babangida government.

It is also a fact that it was late Chief Sunday Afolabi who prevailed on the Osun State PDP not to go to court to raise the issue of Akande’s conviction vis his qualification to contest election as a governor in 1999.

2. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the APC Leader in the House of Representatives was convicted for professional misconduct by the Supreme Court of Georgia, United States of America.
Fact is Hon Gbajabiamila was convicted in the United States for stealing his client’s $25,000 and he is leading the APC in the House of Reps. He was banned from practising law in the USA for 36 months.

The punishment for Femi Gbaja’s offence would have been debarment for life, however he played dead before a full panel of the Supreme Court of Georgia led by Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, before the court could rule on the petition from his client, he filed a petition for Voluntary Discipline, filed under bar rule 4-227(b) in which he fully admitted to stealing $25,000 from his client.

In spite of this indictment, Gbajabiamila was even presented to be Speaker of the House of Reps and same APC people are condemning the inclusion of Ibori in the PDP National Convention Committee.

I have cited just too examples, and I still have more to cite if the APC loudmouth do not desist from throwing stones from the glass house where they live.

My name is Prince Gmoney, I am in my house, and their DSS can come and arrest me for once again exposing the hypocrisy of the APC

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Curious Facts of the James Ibori Case

Suddenly, things seem to be turning around for Chief James Onanefe Ibori. There is a frenzy of writings in FACEBOOK about his release date; some of the postings actually say he has already been re­leased and will be in Nigeria as soon as he could possibly get a seat on a flight.
To those who post such, I have little to say. So, this article is not addressed to them, but to those who are doing their malicious best to destroy whatever ray of positive light, from the Ibori point of view, that has been trained recently on this case. One such person approached me a few weeks ago to ask where Ibori got the money with which he bought a private jet. When I told him that Ibori never bought a private jet, he began to stutter. From there he asked if it was not true that Ibori got some oil majors to launder money for him.
When I reminded him that Ibori never faced such a charge, and that such nonsense only appeared in an unconscionable newspaper allegation that Mr. Nuhu Ribadu made, and that such a question has given his revision­ist source away, he left after promising to call me for further questioning. This man who came all the way from the US and who claimed he was research­ing a book has yet to call me again.
Yet, why such revisionist efforts? Suddenly, the hunters are becom­ing the hunted as the British Police investigators and the Prosecution
officials that were arrayed against Ibori have been so deeply indicted that they have all been dropped from the case. And the recent court sessions on the case came at Chief Ibori’s behest. Now, Ibori’s legal team may actually ask that Ibori’s conviction be quashed – as a lawyer, Mr. Stephen Kimlish advised openly on London-based Ben TV in­terview as was rebroadcast by AIT.
He said: “Well, the fact is that most times, people plead guilty for the wrong reasons. It does happen. In my career I have seen people plead guilty because of wrong advice or when the evidence seem too strong or when they have lost hope and sometimes they don’t have the
will-power to stand long trial or their Barrister might say you will get a much lower sentence if you plead guilty, so I can’t say in par­ticular why James Ibori pleaded guilty and whether he is guilty or not guilty but what I can say is that when there is corruption on this scale and in the background of the case, I’m involved in this case, the British law says that even if you pleaded guilty or not, your guilty plea can be quashed because the British public can’t discountenance such major corruption in a common investigation, therefore, whether you plead guilty or you plead not guilty, your conviction can be quashed. So in this case that is what we are currently aiming for. As for Bhadresh Gohil, I am going for quashing”!
One of the devilish media bashings Ibori suffered from is this example from Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, imply­ing in a newspaper article of Septem­ber 20, 2012 that Ibori had no other source of income while he was Delta State Governor.
Relying on the 44-page paper filed by the London Metropolitan Police, against Ibori in court, I’ll prove that Adeniyi and others lied terribly. It bore a simple title: “R versus James Ibori. Opening Note For Sentence”. It pro­claimed in line one that the Defendant, James Ibori, was the Governor of Del­ta State, one of the richest oil produc­ing states in Nigeria….Second item; “He deliberately and systematically defrauded the people whose interests he had been elected to represent”.
Third item: “The total sum that Mr. Ibori has stolen remains unquanti­fied. However, the sums that formed the subject of the two indictments to which Ibori has pleaded guilty amount to approximately Fifty Mil­lion Pounds”.
Yet, most news organizations said Ibori had pleaded guilty to steal­ing 350 million Pounds. The Guard­ian of London, which reported the 50 Pounds sum, added that Ibori “amassed a portfolio of six proper­ties outside Nigeria worth £6.9m at a time he was being paid £4,000 a year as state governor of the Delta region.
“The properties in London includ­ed a flat in St John’s Wood, a house in Hampstead, and one in Regent’s Park. He also had a £3m mansion in South Africa and properties in Texas and in Dorset, near to where his children at­tended private school.
“Ibori also bought a fleet of lux­ury cars, and in three years ran up £920,000 on his American Express Centurion card – a card only available to the super-rich, Wass told the court. In 2005, Ibori instructed a London solicitor to buy a private jet costing $20m”.
Now, on whether Ibori had other sources of income, may we jump to page 14 of that same document, item 81, and dealing with MER Engineer­ing? “MER was a company that was incorporated in Nigeria in 1990. It built houseboats, which were rented out to oil workers in the Delta. It was Ibori who was able to influence the contracts with Chevron and Shell and the NNPC”
Item 83: “It was MER money that paid for the Ibori property in Hamp­stead, Westover Hill: Count 5. Item 84, “It was MER money that paid for the house Ibori bought in Houston Texas. Item 85, “it was MER money that paid for the deposit for the $20 million Challenger Jet airplane that Mr. Ibori was in the process of buying when his monies were restrained by the UK courts”.
Weeks before Ibori was sentenced, EFCC arrested and questioned one Dr. Babalakin on the charge that he helped Ibori launder money, using the account of Babalakin’s company. EFCC said Ibori never tried to buy a Challenger jet but was only helped to launder money by pretending he was buying a jet. I replied that the EFCC was lying because it had known for years that Ibori actually invested some money in a registered air-char­ter company for a jet that would be used commercially, but the world has been deceived that Ibori had bought, or was in the process of buying, a pri­vate jet.
The aircraft investment made with MER Engineering funds appeared in the Guardian of London and other pa­pers, thus: “in 2005, Ibori instructed a London solicitor to buy a private jet costing $20m”. Now, which private jet was London MET Police talking about? Or did the EFCC not arrest Babalakin on the allegation that he helped Ibori launder money in the guise of buying a private jet? And didn’t the same Lon­don Met Police state in court that Ibori had invested only $4million on that air­craft – money from MER Engineering?
Adding the $4 million for the jet to the $6 million for the properties, sums that came from MER Engineering, brings the entire sum to $10 million. If you make allowance for police exag­geration of property costs, you would have a sum that is below $8 million. It is a huge amount but it is nowhere near 50 or 250 million Pounds. And the monies came from MER Engi­neering accounts.
Also, I don’t want to go into the amount of the travel and overnight al­lowances that Ibori was paid during his eight-year tenure as Governor. In fact I once reminded Olusegun Ad­eniyi, that he collected allowances for trips with the late President Yar’Adua and especially for that 2010 South Af­rican World Cup jamboree which he, among a “lean” retinue of 500 officials costing Nigeria N314, 473,438. 22, at­tended. Was the allowance for that trip part of his annual salary?
Sometimes I am tempted to disbe­lieve my eyes. On item 175 of the same court document: “By the time he was into his second term of office as Gover­nor of Delta State, James Ibori had de­frauded Delta State of such large sums of money that he was planning to buy himself a private jet aeroplane costing $20 million.” Is this not the same plane for which Mr. Babalakin was arrested, and EFCC said he was laundering money for Ibori in the guise of buy­ing a plane? Item 183: “MER had an account at Barclays bank in Knights­bridge. The Money went from the oil companies straight out of Nigeria and into MER account in Barclays”. And that too is a crime?
Item 29: “Mr. Ibori used money defrauded from the people of Nigeria to buy a property in Houston in Texas … “only to see in Item 84, “It was MER money that paid for the house Ibori bought in Houston Texas’.
Ibori’s many sins for which he was convicted included this terribly grave crime: Item 34: “In addition to his mil­lionaire life style, Ibori called himself “HIS EXCELLENCY”, a title not recognized by the constitution”.
Also, Nuhu Ribadu accused the oil majors of helping Ibori launder money over the same MER Engineering con­tracts, claiming that MER Engineering had no contracts at all with those oil companies. And such nonsense even found its way into the Financial Times of London in September 2007 and the Saharareporters even published a sto­ry; “How Ibori Bought A Private Jet”. Really, truth has been terribly eclipsed in the Ibori media-lynching bid.
I wonder how the influential Finan­cial Times will now view its “Probe into Chevron and Shell payments” story written by Michael Peel and Dino Mahtani : “A UK court affidavit seen by the Financial Times says there is reasonable cause to believe Mr Ibori bled money from his oil-rich state and bought assets including a $20m jet”.
Now that the whole world knows the so-called “reasonable cause to believe that ….” was actually unreasonable, and Ibori bought no private jet, how would it view any words that fell off the lips of the lie-besotted Ribadu? Media manipulation was in full sail! Many journalists and media houses – and the public too- fell for it.
•Eluemunor is Chief James Ibori’s Media Assistant.

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These anti-Edo political organizations you folks went to join are the most anti-African - and Africans - in the world.

They're worse than anything; we obviously can't stop you though, even Ewuare II's manifest destiny lies in our own regional party.

We have egba Omo Oduduwa and so on, NPC, AG, the forerunner of them all NCNC and then now these cancers of today.

Stay "with them", but register for your most important election first: your local election, register Edo Political Front, and if you don't, vote the front.

No self respecting Edo will - in the future - find themselves the flag bearers and cheerleaders of foreign parties with indirect rule political and economic mandates, it just doesn't work.

No sane Edo person lives to "have the ear" of someone who doesn't have Edo at their heart.

The Supreme Court is the place to remove the frustration of these lethargic and "periodic" additions to the voting rolls; here - where I live - you can fill in the forms regarding changing your voter registration at the post office and other easy access places.

At the rate things are going we're going to find ourselves truly in decline as our populations suffer from simple things like protein deficiencies in children

" - Reggie Akpata

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