- Kayode Fayemi, the governor of Ekiti state and chairman of the Nigerian Governors' Forum, has stepped down from chairman of the forum
- The governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal, took over from him and will be the chairman of the forum until May next year when the governors will elect another chairman
- The director of media and public affairs of the forum, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, made this known in a statement after the forum's NEC meeting in Abuja
According to Vanguard, Kayode Fayemi, the governor of Ekiti state, at the national executive council meeting of the forum, which was held in Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, transferred the NGF power to Tambuwal.
This was contained in a statement by the forum’s director of media and public affairs, Abdulraqazue Bello-Barkindo, on Thursday, September 22.
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The statement reads in part:
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“Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.”
Bello-Barkindo added that Fayemi attended the NEC meeting virtually from New York City, where he currently participates in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting.
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Recall that Fayemi was, a few weeks ago, elected as the president of the forum of regional and state governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco.
The statement disclosed that Tambuwal will hold the position till May 2023, when a proper election would be conducted among the governors.
“Before making the announcement, the Ekiti State Governor acknowledged the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support, explaining that yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the Forum of Governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation.”
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The election was held in the fringe city of Saidia in Oujda of Casablanca, Morocco.
The election details were disclosed in a text message by the director of media and publicity to the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo.