The governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has emerged as the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF).
Backstory: Abdulaziz Yari, Fayemi’s predecessor, made the announcement on Wednesday evening in Abuja.
This is what we know about the new leadership of the Governors’ Forum:
- Fayemi was unanimously elected as the chairman of the Forum after he was nominated by Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna State), and his nomination seconded by Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta State).
- Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State will serve as the vice-chairman of the forum.
- Tambuwal was nominated by Akinwumi Ambode, governor of Lagos State; his nomination was seconded by Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo State.
Fayemi expressed gratitude for the confidence reposed on him by his colleagues and pledged to build on the achievements of his predecessors and success stories of the forum.
He said: “We will build on commitment with a strong partnership with the Federal Government as federating unit and trash out issues as amicably as possible, in the overall interest of the country.”
President Buhari congratulates Fayemi: The new chairman of the Forum served as minister of solid minerals under president Buhari before resigning to contest for Ekiti governor. In his reaction, the president said Fayemi’s election by consensus indicates the degree of confidence reposed in him by his colleagues. He urged Fayemi to help forge a “deeper harmonious and fruitful working relationship not only with the Federal Government, but also with other arms and tiers of government.”
- “The focal objective of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum at all times ought to be the higher interest of the people of this country above partisan, political, religious or regional differences,” the president said.
One historic thing: Fayemi is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and has now become the first governor from the Southwest to lead the NGF in its 20-year existence.
Throwback: The peaceful election yesterday is a welcome relief for the political class. It was not so long ago that a Governors’ Forum election became the scene of intrigues between governors loyal to former President Goodluck Jonathan and those opposed to him. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers emerged winner in that May 2013 election against Jonah Jang of Plateau who was Jonathan’s preferred choice.
Even the new NGF chairman, Kayode Fayemi, was a governor at the time, and he also voted for Amaechi, and explained why HERE.