Governor Kayode Fayemi has expressed delight over his election as the next Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).
He expressed himself in a communiqué issued at the end of the governors meeting and signed by the outgoing Chairman of the Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari.
The Ekiti State Governor said he is ready to build on the commitment of Yari by ensuring that States have a strong partnership with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Fayemi noted that with is emergence and the election of Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State as his Deputy, it showed that the NGF represents Nigeria regardless of political affiliations.
He said: “My colleague, Aminu Tambuwal and I are delighted at the choice made by our colleagues this evening by consensus, the confidence reposed in us and in accepting this onerous responsibility that has been handed over to us, we promise our colleagues that we will step into the big shoes that Governor Yari will be leaving behind and build on the success story of this forum right from Governor Abdullahi Adamu through Governor Victor Attah, Lucky Igbinedion, Bukola Saraki and Governor Rotimi Amaechi before Governor Yari who so selflessly served this forum in the last four years.
“We will build on this commitment with a strong partnership with the Federal Government as federating unit and thrash out issues as amicably as possible in the overall interest of our country.
“This is something that all parties of different persuasions have done and as you can see, the leadership comprises myself from the majority party, the ruling party and Governor Aminu Tambuwal from the Peoples Democratic Party. What is most important is that this is unanimously chosen and we represent Nigeria regardless of our political persuasion.
“What we are going to do will be in the overall interest of our country in ensuring that our states are continuously strengthened; our country derives the benefit of strong dedicated states to our citizens and our partnership with all arms of government – federal government, the legislature and the development partners working with us in the overall interest of Nigerians.”