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Tambuwal becomes governors’ forum new chairman after Fayemi bows out

By News Desk

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has been picked by his colleagues as the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), replacing the outgoing chairman, Kayode Fayemi, whose tenure as Ekiti state governor would elapse next month.

Tambuwal would be leading the governors until next year’s June when a proper election would be conducted among the 36 states’ governors.

Before his appointment, Tambuwal had served as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Fayemi in the last four years, representing the opposition bloc.

The new chairman, a member of the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), assumed the position on Thursday during the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja.

The Director, Media and Public Affairs of NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, confirmed the change of baton, adding that reason for the quick change was to avoid any vacuum.

Fayemi was before the handover elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco.

According to the statement, “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.”

“The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.

“In his response Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend the Ekiti Governor and NGF Chairman’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years and that was enhanced by your chairmanship of the NGF, admitting that the NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well.”

“Professor Osinbajo prayed that Dr Fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves will continue.

“Dr Fayemi formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on October 16th.”

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