Fayemi to succeed Yari as Chairman of Governors’ Forum.
As May 29, the handover date draws near, there are indications that Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, is highly favoured to succeed Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdullaziz Yari, as the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
Our findings confirm that Fayemi has been accepted by the cross section of returning governors among whom the next chairman would be selected.
Yari has ended his tenure, having completed his second term as governor of the state, which paved way for a new chairman to emerge and fill the vacant seat.
Fayemi was chosen by all the returning and the new governors to lead them, following his vast experience, intellectual capacity, brilliance and his closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The governors feel they need a unifying character that enjoys the confidence of the president, and would consequently be a bridge between the federal and the states,” the source noted.
Apart from Fayemi’s attributes, by zoning arrangement, the South West where the governor originates from stands a good chance of becoming the next chairman as the South South has taken the slot twice, through former governors Victor Attah from Akwa Ibom State and Rotimi Ameachi from Rivers State.
The election of the Governors’ Forum is expected to hold in June after the inauguration of returning and newly elected governors on May 2, 2019.
Ekiti State, through the former minister, remains the only state in the South West that declared 100 per cent for the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the last general elections.