Erhiatake Ibori, a daughter of jailed former Governor James Onanefe Ibori of Delta State, is running for a seat in the Delta State House of Assembly. Ms. Ibori plans to seek the legislative seat on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party to which her corrupt father belonged.
Ms. Erhiatake Ibori is seeking a seat to represent Ethiope West constituency in the state legislature.
A source in the state told SaharaReporters that the imprisoned former governor's daughter's ambition had already created disaffection in Oghara, Mr. Ibori’s Oghara community. Last September, some protesters besieged the local government headquarters to register their displeasure with the party’s decision to impose Ms. Ibori as the candidate for the legislative seat.
Ms. Ibori, whose father is serving a 13-year jail sentence in London after pleading no-contest to allegations of extensive money laundering during his eight-year stint as governor, has opened a Facebook page.
In a style reminiscent of her father, Ms. Ibori started her campaign by launching a free ambulance in her constituency. “That is what her father, Chief Ibori, did. He would give the people a token and then steal big loads of public funds,” said one of Ms. Ibori’s critics who added that the area needs a legislator with a deeper connection to the grassroots not the daughter of a convicted thief.