By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
Southern states governors have agreed that the next president of Nigeria must come from the Southern region.
This was part of the decisions they reached at their meeting on Monday in Lagos.
Recall that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state, received fellow members of the Southern Governors’ Forum (SGF) for further talks on insecurity and other affairs in the region.
The SGF meeting was set up to discuss the details on the resolution on the open grazing ban, restructuring, fiscal federalism and their lobby for state police.
Some of the governors who arrived at the meeting venue in Alausa, Ikeja, include Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo; Nyesom Wike of Rivers; Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, and Philip Shaibu, deputy governor of Edo, who is representing Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state.
Others are Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia; Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom; Diri Duoye of Bayelsa; Willie Obiano of Anambra; Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers; Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta; David Umahi of Ebonyi; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti; Hope Uzodimma of Imo; Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, and Oluwaseyi Makinde of Oyo.
Monday’s meeting is the second leg of a similar gathering in May 2021.
In the aftermath of the May 11 meeting, the government had resolved to ban open grazing in their respective states.