South East and South South Governors extraction have resolved to speak with one voice as the 2019 General elections approach.
The Governors agreed to go as a bloc on issues bordering on the political development and economic advancement.
The meeting which held in Owerri had in attendance Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Ben Ayade of Cross River State. The deputy governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, represented the governor.
They said their position will protect the two zones and will as well be beneficial to the political future and interest of the people of the zones.
The meeting, which was chaired by governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel itemized their position in a communique issued at the end of their meeting.
In statement signed by Udom, they stated that what unites the people of the two zones is much more than political party and other considerations.
The Forum also expressed worry over
The dearth of infrastructure and unjustified lack of significant federal presence in the South-East and South-South regions and called for more attention to be paid to the infrastructural and other needs of the regions by the Federal Government
It also discussed extensively on the proposed amendment of the 1999 constitution and resolved to take a position that will be in the best interest of the people of the two regions.
The Forum commended the role played by some patriots which led to the setting aside of the so-called ‘quit notice’ issued the Igbos resident in that part of the country by the Arewa youths.
The governors also expressed the hope that it will be the last time any person or group of persons will make any statement or take actions that suggests that any part of the country is a no-go area to other Nigerians.
In the same vein, the Forum expressed the hope that these efforts by the governors and other stakeholders to maintain peace and stability in the two regions will translate to the two regions reaping increased dividends in the form of greater attention paid to the urgent infrastructural and other needs of the regions
The Forum agreed to re-convene on Sunday November 26, 2017 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.