The Ijaw People’s Development Initiative (IPDI) in Delta State, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to grant a presidential pardon to former state governor, James Ibori before leaving office
The Ijaw People’s Development Initiative (IPDI) in Delta State, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to grant a presidential pardon to former state governor, James Ibori before leaving office.
The group made the call over the weekend saying that Ibori had suffered enough.
The former Delta state governor is currently serving a prison term in the United Kingdom after being convicted of money laundering.
“Chief Ibori has suffered enough and there is no justification for not granting him clemency, as had been done to others. Ibori should be freed. Hundreds of persons, who looted heavily from government coffers are walking freely in the streets,” The group’s president, Austin Ozobo told journalists.
“Ibori’s imprisonment could be seen as a witch-hunt and such is highly barbaric and provocative and the Nigerian government must quickly do something about his matter. Despite the ordeals Ibori is passing through, Deltans hold him in high esteem and his great achievements while in office cannot be discountenanced,” he added.
“There should be no sacred cow among political office holders. Ibori’s case is not different, he is a victim of circumstances. Release him and let him breathe fresh air and let other corrupt public office holders be tried as well,” Ozobo said.
President Jonathan is expected to vacate office on May 29, 2015 after losing his re-election bid.