Ibori: In his opening speech, the chairman of the occasion, Prof. Andrew Onokerhoraye, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin said Chief Ibori as governor did very well and that one of the most remarkable achievements was championing the 30% derivation/resource control as well bringing DESOPADEC among other notable achievements.
He appreciated the Urhobo Nation especially Chief John Oguma for putting up such event to honour Chief Ibori.
Speaking in the same vein, the immediate past governor of the state and elder brother to Chief lbori, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan who spoke with emotions thanked God for the life of his brother and described him as a man with a large heart of forgiveness.
He disclosed that Chief lbori has forgiven all those who contributed to his travail in London and thanked the Anglican Bishop for his frank and sincere sermon, noting that as politicians, they need to be told the truth always. .
In his short but concise speech, Chief lbori appreciated all present especially the Urhobo nation and Chief John Oguma foundation for the honour done him.
He expressed his profound gratitude to God for all His deeds in his life. He however maintained that the ordeal he went through was approved by God stating that he hold no grudge against anyone.
Ibori: I am the most fortunate governor in Nigeria-Okowa
Governor Okowa while addressing the crowed said that among all the governors in Nigeria, he considered himself most fortunate and lucky as he had the backing of two former governors of the state.
The Governor thanked Chief lbori whom he said is the only political leader in Delta State.
Recounting how they started, Governor Okowa asserted that Chief James Onanefe lbori laid the foundation for all politicians in Delta State.
He thanked God for his life and charged all Deltans to support the PDP come 2019. 2023 will be the Urhobo tum-Oguma
On his part, the chief host of the event, Chief John Oguma said the essence of the reception was to thank God and to appreciate a man who has done so much for his people.
Chief Oguma who lamented the absence of any Urhobo man at the federal level said, it was only the time of Chief lbori as a governor that the Urhobo nation has three principal officers at the federal level which includes a minister. He thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for all he has done for Deltans and assured him of the Urhobo nation total support come 2019. He said not until 2023, no Urhobo man will disturb the governor, saying that it is 2023 that Urhobo man will emerge as governor.
Present at the ceremony include the PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Senator Peter Nwaboshe, Chief lghoyota Amori, Chief Solomon Awhinawhim, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, Chief Eric Oharisi and other top politicians from across the state and nation.