Southern Governors meets in Lagos, demands next President must be a southerner

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Governors of the Southern states in the country are currently in a meeting in Lagos state to further talks on the open grazing ban in the region and other things affecting the country.

During the meeting, the governors also discussed state police, restructuring, open grazing, and fiscal federalism.

The last time the governors met in May was when they took the unanimous decision to ban open grazing in the region.

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The governors insisted that the winner of the 2023 presidential election must be a candidate from the southern region.

“The forum reiterates its commitment to the politics of equity, fairness, and unanimously agreed that the presidency of Nigeria to be rotated between southern and northern Nigeria and resolved that the next president of Nigeria should emerge from the south,” Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo state governor, said on behalf of the Southern Governors Forum (SGF).

Present at the meeting are, 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.

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Others include 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.

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