Ex-convict and former governor of Delta state in the oil-rich south, who used looted public funds to buy luxury homes, top-of-the-range cars and a private jet, has said that African politicians never retire.
“Politics is in his blood,” his former adviser Ighoyota Amori told AFP. “He will for now take a short rest before deciding on the next line of action.”
But in a strong hint Ibori was eyeing some political role, just as parties begin jostling for position for the 2019 vote, Amori said his former boss was a political “godfather and kingmaker”.
“No politician worth his calling can take Ibori’s endorsement for granted. He will forever remain relevant in national affairs,” he added.
– ‘Personal sacrifice’ –
Ibori, a former cashier at a British chain of DIY stores, was jailed in April 2012 for fraud amounting to nearly 50 million pounds (at the time $78.5 million, 62 million euros).
The trial judge and police, however, believe he misappropriated much more.
His conviction in Britain followed a drawn-out extradition procedure from Dubai.
Source: The Guardian