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Moment Dapo Abiodun emerged Southern Governors’ Forum Chairman (Photos)


Southern Governors’ Forum members


Published By: Kazeem Ugbodaga

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun was on Monday unanimously nominated the Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum.

Abiodun replaces the late Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Sanwo-Olu addressing the media with other governors

The event was held in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Anambra State Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo was nominated the Vice Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum.

Abiodun chatting with some of the governors

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced the emergence of Abiodun and Soludo.

Sixteen out of the 17 governors that constituted the Southern Governors Forum attended the meeting with only Rivers State Governor, Similayi Fubara, absent.

The Ogun State Governor with his colleague

While some governors were physically present at the meeting, some were represented by their deputies.

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The governors that attended the meeting to include Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos),  Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Biodun Oyebanji (Ekiti), Alex Otti (Abia), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Ademola Adeleke (Osun), Bassey Otu (Cross River).

The governors arriving at the event

Other governors in attendance were Charles Soludo (Anambra), Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi), Peter Mbah (Enugu), Duoye Diri (Bayelsa) and Uno Eno (Akwa Ibom).

Also on ground to represent their governors were Deputy Governors, Chinyere Ekomaru (Imo), Monday Onyeme (Delta) and Olayide Adelami (Ondo).

Some of the governors at the event

Responding on his Facebook, Abiodun said “Earlier today, I was unanimously nominated as the Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum at the recently concluded meeting hosted by our dear state.

“This is indeed a significant honour bestowed on me by my esteemed colleagues, and I deeply appreciate their confidence in my leadership.

Abiodun with other governors

“Together, we will strive to ensure quality governance across our states and collectively engender exceptional regional development throughout Southern Nigeria.

“I also extend my congratulations to my colleague, Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State, who has been elected as the Vice Chairman.”