SWITZERLAND, MAY 23 – Recently inaugurated Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi of the ruling APC has emerged as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum after a meeting of the governors on Wednesday evening.
Today’s Echo gathered that Fayemi was nominated by Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State. Some governors, including Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, were not in attendance, but they were said to have sent representatives.
Mr El-Rufai was believed to be a contender for the top position in the forum, which is a congregation of all the country’s 36 governors towards a common front.
But hours ahead of the meeting, Fayemi rocketed into the lead for the influential position, with governors from the south expressing sentiments about a rotational chairmanship of the forum. Mr Fayemi was unanimously elected, according to a statement from the forum.
Mr Fayemi succeeded Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, who served two terms over the past four years. Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto was also elected as vice-chairman to Mr Fayemi during the meeting at the forum’s headquarters in Maitama District. Their tenure will expire in 2021, but they can seek a re-election for another two years.
Shortly before the meeting, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, who recently emerged as Chairman of the opposition PDP Governors Forum, said the governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party would not contest the position in consonance with the precedence that the NGF chairman should be a ranking governor from the ruling political party.
He stressed that the PDP governors would not make any move to endanger the time honoured principle guiding the emergence of the NGF chairman.
However, Dickson noted that the next NGF chairman should emerge preferably through consensus among the governors.
He said, “I am calling on the governors who would assemble today (Wednesday) to take a decision on the chairmanship of the NGF to be guided by the time-tested principle of rotation of power between the North and the South.
“Now that Alhaji Abdulazeez Yari, the governor of Zamfara State will be ending his tenure, we expect that the next chairman should come from the South.