Tambuwal becomes interim NGF chairman

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Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State helmsman, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday, during the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, in Abuja, transferred power to Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.

Tambuwal had been the body’s vice chairman in the last four years.

Fayemi, who was few weeks ago elected President of the Forum of Regions of Africa (FORAF) in Morocco, attended the NEC virtually from New York, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

A statement by NGF spokesman, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, said Tambuwal would hold forte till next May when a fresh election is to be conducted among the governors.

Before making the announcement, Fayemi acknowledged the resourcefulness of the NEC and commended members of the council for their support.

Responding, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the new FORAF boss 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.

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.”

By Fatima Abubakar