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Udom Emmanuel emerges as the chairman southeast, south south governors forum


South East and South Governors’ Forum, emerged a new group on Sunday to politically work together and realign as a people that shared common heritage, culture and affinity.

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom was appointed as the chairman of the Forum at the first meeting of the forum held late Sunday night at the Nike Lake Resort, Enugu.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the closed door meeting, Udom said that governors from the two regions decided to come together to pursue inter-regional cooperation for greater integration.

The governor made it clear that the two regions had agreed to politically work together and realign as a people that shared common heritage, culture and affinity.

“Having reviewed the state of the nation particularly as it affects us in the South South and South East regions, we have agreed to pursue inter-regional cooperation.

“We also have resolved to politically work together and realign as a people that shared common heritage, culture and affinity,” he said.

Udom further said that he was unanimously chosen as the interim chairman by his brother governors, adding that their next meeting would hold in Port Harcourt on August 27.

Those present at the meeting were the governors of Abia, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Cross River and Rivers while the governor of Anambra was represented by his deputy.