Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has emerged as the acting Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).
In a statement on Thursday by the NGF spokesman, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, Governor Tambuwal replaced his Ekiti State counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, as the new head of the Forum.
The statement said Tambuwal, who was the NGF Vice Chairman until his new role, took over from Fayemi at the National Economic Council meeting in Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
According to the statement, the Sokoto governor will be presiding over the Forum until May 2023 when an election will be held. It added that Fayemi will formally hand over the Chairmanship role to Tambuwal on October 16.
The statement read, “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.”
Recall that Fayemi was recently elected the first President of the Forum of Governors of Regions/States of Africa at the body’s election held in Saidia, Morocco.