The Senator representing Delta South Senatorial District, James Manager, was pictured kneeling before a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori.
In the picture that has gone viral on social media, Senator Manager is seen wearing an Ankara outfit with a face mask below his chin as Ibori who was seated on a red and black couch and in a blued outfit watches on.
Ibori was elected governor of Delta State in 1999 and got re-elected in 2003 but was later convicted for embezzling state funds and money laundering in the United Kingdom.
On his part, Manager has been a senator since 2003 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is one of the longest-serving lawmakers in the country.
Confirming the authenticity of the photo, an associate of the senator told The Punch that it was just a sign of respect in Urhobo culture.
He said, “Senator went to visit him on Wednesday. Ibori is a senior, a king and an elder to him, being his former boss. Whenever you go to pay homage to an Urhobo elder or someone you hold in high esteem, you kneel down. It is a sign of appreciation for people to show who the person is to you. Things are just being twisted on social media. It is a personal relationship. You don’t expect the senator to stand up to address Ibori.
“Senator came to pay homage to him because he had not seen Ibori in a long time and he took drinks. Those are the drinks you see on the table in the picture.”