Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State, has emerged as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum.
His emergence came ahead of the completion of the tenure of Governor Abdulazeez Yari of Zamfara State on May 29.
The former Minister of Steel was chosen in the early hours of Thursday morning by consensus agreement among his colleagues. The meeting lasted from Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, also emerged as the Deputy Chairman of the NGF.
Before the emergence of Fayemi and Tambuwal, Governor Seriake Dickson, the Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum, had called on his colleagues to take decision based on the principle of rotation of power between the North and the South.
Consequently, since the outgoing chairman of the forum is from the North, the next chairman should therefore come from the South.
“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.
He further noted that the ruling All Progressives Congress would produces the chairman of the forum according to the preference that the chairman should come from the ruling political party.
“The precedence is that the ruling party produces the chairman,” Governor Dickson said.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.