Biography of James Onanefe Ibori

Biography of James Onanefe Ibori

James Ibori
James Onaefe Ibori was born August 4, 1959, to the family of the late Ukavbe Ibori and Mrs. Comfort Oji Ibori of Otefe in Oghara
clan, Ethiope West local government area of ??Delta State.

James Ibori  attended Baptist High School, Oghareki now called Oghareki Grammar School. Thereafter, he got admission into the University of Benin where he earned a Bachelor of Science in economics and statistics.  Ibori moved to London, England in 1980, where he married his wife, Theresa Ibori who then worked as a cashier at Wickes DIY store in Ruislip, Middlesex.

Returning to Nigeria between 1994 and 1997, Ibori served as consultant to the federal government of President Sani Abacha, in the areas of public policy formulation and implementation.

Ibori's political career began in 1990 when he joined the National Republican Convention (NRC). In 1991, he was nominated to contest for the Federal House of Representatives seat to represent Ethiope federal constituency. He lost the election to the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

When the Transitional Program of president Sani Abacha began, he joined the Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM). The GDM managed a number of local, state and federal offices, including one of the three senatorial seats in the state. The transition program was abruptly ended with the death of Abacha. Ibori then with the leaders of other extinct political groups in Delta State, formed the Delta National Congress (DNC).

The DNC later merged with other political parties to become the People's Democratic Party (PDP). It was on the platform of PDP that Ibori then contested and won the January 9, 1999 election. In 2003, he was re-elected as governor for another four -year term.

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