All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) has said the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) under Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state will support the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in entrenching good governance in the country.
APC’s national publicity secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, expressed the view in a statement Thursday in Abuja, congratulating Fayemi on his election as the new NGF chairman.
Issa-Onilu said NGF’s unanimous election of Fayemi Wednesday night to lead it till 2021, was indeed a right choice.
This, he said, was especially so, judging by Fayemi’s proven record of progressive leadership and experience as a development expert, minister, and governor among other endeavours.
He noted that since its establishment, the non-partisan NGF had been a strategic partner in deepening democracy and entrenching good governance in the country.
“We are confident that the NGF under Fayemi’s leadership will continue in this best practice by cooperating and supporting the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration in delivering on the change agenda for Nigerians,” he said.
The national publicity secretary said this was particularly critical as the country geared up for the next four years of the administration’s renewed mandate.
The party wished Fayemi a successful and impactful tenure, adding that the APC looks forward to a cordial relationship between the NGF and the President Buhari-led administration.
Such cordial relationship, according to him, would ensure the successful implementation of the Next Level plans for collective progress in the country.
Fayemi emerged the new chairman of the NGF through a consensus.
Zamfara state outgoing governor, Abdul’aziz Yari, who was chairman of the forum, confirmed the election of the new chairman Wednesday night in Abuja.
Yari disclosed that Fayemi was nominated by Malam Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, seconded by the Governor of Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa, and unanimously elected by the governors to lead the forum till 2021.
Yari added that “members also elected Governor Aminu Tambwal of Sokoto state as the vice chairman of the forum from 2019 to 2021.”
He explained that Tambuwal was nominated by the Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos state and seconded by his Ondo state counterpart, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
The NGF is an umbrella body of elected governors in the 36 states of the federation, irrespective of party affiliation.