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Southern Governors across parties unanimously agreed for Power should shift to the South in 2023. This call is the highlight of decisions at their bi-partisan meeting – the second in two months – held in Lagos yesterday.
A communiqué of the meeting read by Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, said the governors took the decision that the next President should come from”the Southern region”, because “the Forum reiterates its commitment to the politics of equity, fairness and unanimously agrees that the presidency of Nigeria be rotated between Southern and Northern Nigeria”.
The meeting hosted by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was a follow-up to their historic Asaba meeting hosted by Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on May 11.
In their Asaba resolutions, they called for restructuring to foster true federalism, ban on open grazing and movement of cattle on foot, national dialogue and a presidential address to the nation on national security.
The critical issues discussed at yesterday’s meeting included the worsening security situation, the proposed constitutional amendment, open grazing and the contentious Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), passed last week by the National Assembly.
Others included the Electoral Act, state police, criminal justice administration and national unity.
Eleven governors attended the meeting, which outcome many stakeholders believe will shape political events ahead of 2023 polls.
Apart from Akeredolu, Sanwo-Olu and Okowa, other governors at the meeting are Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi(Enugu State), Douye Diri(Bayelsa), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Dapo Abiodun(Ogun), Adegboyega Oyetola( Osun), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), and Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom).
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