Financial Mess: Governors Meet To Push For Federal Bailout, Elect New Chairman

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APC Governors

By Sadiq Umar

The Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) is currently meeting in Abuja to discuss sundry issues chiefly of which is the need to seek federal intervention in the insolvency of its member states.

The meeting will also reconcile members and elect new leadership for the forum, following the dispute that arose from the election of Zamfara governor Abdulazeez Yaro by the out-going Rotimi Amaechi led NGF before inauguration of newly elected governors.

Ondo state governor Olusegun Mimiko who is billed to emerge Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party governors’ forum today had reject Yaro, questioning Amaechi’s motive.

Most of its member states are currently unable to pay worker salaries let alone meeting other financial obligations.

The governors had met with President Muhammadu Buhari before the swearing-in last month where it raised the issue of the financial problems of states.

Earlier, governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its APC counterpart met separately to strategise ahead of today’s NGF meeting.

The APC governors met at the Imo state governor’s lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, while the PDP governors are meeting in Maitama District.

A notice of the meeting of the PDP governors made available to the media on Monday had stated that the governors would elect a new chairman of the forum.

The notice signed by the coordinator of the forum, Onaiwu Osaro, had also said the governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, who was the deputy to the former chairman, Godswill Akpabio would be elected to lead the forum by his colleagues.