In what could be described as a verdict of failure on the immediate past Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, (NGF) the All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has urged the newly elected Chairman of the body, Dr Kayode Fayemi to “properly reposition the forum to contribute positively to national development”
The two term governor of Lagos state, Bola Ahmed Tinubu made the call in his congratulatory message to Fayemi at the weekend.
The forum had over time assumed the image of a bully and political tool used mainly by the governors for selfish reasons and to intimidate the executive arm of government.
Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi last week Wednesday, emerged the consensus leader of the 36 man body with Sokoto state governor, Tambowal as the deputy.
Fayemi took over power from his Zamfara state counterpart, Abdulhazeez Yari Abubarkar and expected to serve a three-year term till 2021.
Fayemi was nominated by the Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-rufai, and was seconded by Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa to clinch the position.
Apparently unimpressed by the low level activities of the body before the change of batton of leadership, Tinubu urged Fayemi to reposition the highly political body and utilise it for advancing the frontiers of fiscal federalism. as well as “support President Muhammadu Buhari in the task of taking the country to the Next Level”
He expressed confidence that Gov. Fayemi would deliver on the assignment, given his credentials.
“Please accept my congratulations over your unanimous election as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum.
“Your election is a mark of respect for you by your colleagues and confidence in your ability to lead them meritoriously for the next two years.
“Having known and related with you over the years, I’m certain that you will perform creditably well given your impeccable credentials, competence, integrity and fine leadership ability.
“Your experience as the Governor of Ekiti State in the first term, Minister of Mines in Abuja and your remarkable comeback as Governor for a second term have all enriched you for this assignment.
“I hope and pray that you will build a team that will properly position the NGF to contribute positively to national development and advance the frontiers of important issues such as fiscal federalism,’’ the APC leader’s message read.