• Ex-Delta governor ecstatic as he blesses daughter’s union with beau

As the mystic phoenix rises from its ashes atop the pyre, James Ibori has risen from the rubble of his political miseries to rediscover his essence and joy in unlikely places. James Ibori, a celebrated political godfather and lord of his own manor, loves happiness. But he trusted too much in the happiness of the moment; eventually, he found in it, a drop of gall. Thus the series of unfortunate events that led to his legal and political entanglements.

But time has gone by and his brush with misfortune has ended; now the former Governor of Delta State is back in Nigeria to reclaim his spot in the country’s social circuit and political arena. The eldest daughter of the former Governor of Delta State, Hon. Erhiatake Ibori, and her baby daddy, Abioye Suenu, were traditionally joined together some days ago according to Urhobo culture and tradition by the Ibori families in Oghara, Delta State.

Ibori delightedly gave his daughter out in marriage. The groom, Suenu Abioye, owns Club Slicks in Victoria Garden City, Lekki, Lagos. The traditional wedding was star studded. Top politicians came out to support their leader, Ibori. No politician has faced greater existential challenges or perfected the technique of quiet adjustment to shifting realities with greater skill than Ibori. The throngs that packed the Oghara community to celebrate with him may have been caught up in the romance of a story sprinkled with the residual stardust of Ibori’s iconic politics and the fairy-tale plot line of a nice but ordinary politician and statesman snaring the hearts and loyalty of the grassroots and his most formidable associates and rivals.