For Delta State Governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, on Sunday debunked news report about the exact time he will return to Nigeria from London.
In a statement by his media aid, Tony Eluemunor, Ibori assured his well-wishers that “when the time comes any important information will be made available to the public and nothing would be left for conjecture.”
The statement distanced the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain from newspaper report at the weekend that: “Ibori would on December 23 arrive in a chartered jet via Heathrow Airport, London to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, where family members, friends and close associates are expected to receive him in a red carpet reception before jetting to Osubi Airstrips, near Warri, from where his convoy would take off for his Oghara hometown for another grand reception”.
“Ibori has asked the public to disregard such wrong information. An earlier report had said Ibori would return on an Arik Air flight,” Eluemunor wrote.
In a related development, Ibori the bare-faced lies, told by some journalists and news organizations, especially Premium Times, that he was responsible for the woes of Nuhu Ribadu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), leading to his sack by then President Umaru Yar’Adua.
The online newspaper had also blamed the failure, last week, of the Senate to confirm Ibrahim Magu on Ibori and Senate President Bukola Saraki, a claim Ibori described as ‘galling.’
He wondered what the mastermind set out to achieve by dragging him into the matter under contention, since it “was the Department of State Security’s report that stopped the Senate from confirming Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the (EFCC).
This, he added, does not warrant the dragging in of Ibori’s name at all.
“Yet, the online publication went wild all the same, making baseless accusations aginst Ibori, though it had said it was checking the facts in DSS’ allegations.”
What Ibori finds irresponsible, the statement added, “is what follows: “Based on pressure from political gladiators of the period (among which were former Governors James Ibori and Bukola Saraki), then President Musa Yar’Adua unceremoniously removed Nuhu Ribadu as chairman of the EFCC”.
This, he said is despite the fact as presented by the Kaduna State governor and then Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai in his book, “The Accidental Public Servant.”
The book, he continued, explaimed the source of the trouble he and Ribadu had with the late President Umar Yar’Adua. “On page 358, in a section entitled “Umaru Asks Nuhu for Support: the Beginning of Our Trouble” he wrote that Ribadu was so maddened that former President Olusegun Obasanjo had favoured Yar’Adua above Nasir-el-Rufai to succeed him as President in 2007 that he told Yar’Adua to his face:”Well , Obasanjo has not told me, and as far as the presidency is concerned, I have my candidate for president, and that is El-Rufai.
“El-Rufai continued on page 359: “It took sometime before Nuhu figured out Obasanjo’s games and what was really happening. Nuhu’s instinctive reaction was that of a typical policeman – dust of EFCC’s files and comb for petitions against Umaru.
“Nuhu did not realize it at that time, but he was the one in trouble not Obasanjo, or Umaru. He dusted off all the files against Umaru and launched investigations. He was clearly trying to take Yar’Adua out of the race and narrow all options to zero except for El-Rufai”
Ibori continued: “It is clear that from El-Rufai’s that there was no way a clear-headed Yar-Adua would have appointed a power-drunken Ribadu, who had unjustly arrested some Katsina state’s LGA chairmen just to demonise Yar’Adua to remain as EFCC Chairman – to continue to arrest people unjustly, play politics with his office and hypocritically claim to be fighting corruption when he was neck deep in the worst corruption – maligning others just because of politics.”
He therefore urged journalists to try and give Nigerians a decent picture of events because the nation’s future would rest on that.