Warri based businessman and strong ally of ex Delta State governor, Ayiri Emami, has attributed the continuous stay of former governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to fear of the unknown.
Addressing members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Warri Correspondent Chapel, Emami, who defected to the ruling party shortly before the 2015 general election, said it was Ibori who advised him to leave the PDP.
Emami also disclosed that the ex-number one citizen of Delta, who is currently serving a jail term in the United Kingdom, will return to the country latest by July.
He alleged that Emmanuel Uduaghan, Ibori’s successor, would have also liked to quit PDP but for “fear of the unkown”.
“There have been speculations as to when Ibori would return, but I can confidently tell that by June or at most July, he would return home to Nigeria,” he said.
“We all need him, especially in Delta, to sanitize things again. If he were here, a lot of things would not have happened.
“Ibori was one of those who predicted that Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party would not win the 2015 Presidential election. It is fear of the unknown that made his brother, former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to remain in PDP. I listened to Ibori, and had to leave.”
Ibori was convicted in April 2012 by a Southwark Crown Court for money laundering and conspiracy, and handed a 13-year jail sentence.