Sanwo-Olu, Makinde, others present as Southern Governors meet in Ogun

In a significant political gathering, ten governors have convened in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, for a meeting of the Southern Governors’ Forum. The event, held at the Presidential Lodge in Ibara Housing Estate, marks the first convergence of the forum since the passing of its former chairman, Rotimi Akeredolu, the former Governor of Ondo State.

Leading the early arrivals was Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, who also serves as the Chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum. He was warmly received by the host, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State. This meeting is seen as a critical platform for discussing pressing regional and national issues affecting the southern states.

In addition to Sanwo-Olu and Abiodun, other notable governors in attendance include:

– Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo

– Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti

– Governor Alex Otti of Abia

– Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo

– Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun

– Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River

Deputy Governors Present

Deputy Governors representing their states have also graced the occasion, including:

– Chinyere Ekomaru from Imo

– Monday Onyeme from Delta

– Olayide Adelami from Ondo

Governors from all 17 southern states are expected to be present, highlighting the importance of this gathering for collective decision-making and strategic planning.

The specific agenda for the meeting has not been disclosed. However, it is anticipated that the governors will address a range of issues pertinent to the southern region, including economic collaboration, security challenges, and political strategies.

This meeting is particularly notable as it follows the death of the former chairman, Rotimi Akeredolu, in December 2023. The forum has yet to elect a new chairman to succeed Akeredolu, adding a layer of significance to this assembly.

The Southern Governors’ Forum meeting in Abeokuta is poised to be a landmark event, setting the stage for crucial discussions and decisions that will impact the southern region’s future.

As governors and their deputies continue to arrive, the gathering underscores the collective resolve to address common challenges and foster regional development. The outcomes of this meeting will likely shape the political and economic landscape of the southern states in the coming months.

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