Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, his predecessor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and former Governor James Ibori on Friday, November 2, 2018, mourned as the remains of High Chief Williams Ibori was laid to rest saying, he was a peacemaker and stabiliser.
Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Peter Obi, Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, former Governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbenedion, Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, former Deputy Governor Benjamin Elue and personalities from different parts of the world attended the day of tribute held at the Oghara Township Stadium before the internment took place at the residence of the deceased.
According to Governor Okowa, “together, we mourn this afternoon, we mourn because, he died suddenly, Oghara is our political base, and he was a father to all of us who visit our leader, Chief James Ibori in Oghara; he played a major role in my becoming the Governor of Delta State.”
“I will forever remain grateful to Chief William Ibori; he was a great man and he was a member of the Delta State Advisory Council; we know that he has played his role as a father and a community leader; we pray that God will console the family,” Governor Okowa said.
To Dr. Uduaghan, the deceased “was a pillar in this state, a great adviser, and severally, we called on him to settle dispute in any part of Delta State.”
Former Governor Ibori in an emotion-laden speech, said, “Uncle William as I used to call him was a father to all of us; it was indeed very sad that we stand here today preparing to lay him to rest, his death was a big shock
God knows best but we would have wished that he gave us some notice.”
“God called him and he answered the call like every one of us will do and on this occasion, mine is to wish him well and to thank him for what he was to everyone of us,” the former Governor stated.