Conspicuously missing were Governors Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and Adams Oshiomhole (Edo). They did not send representatives either.
It was not clear if the absent Governors were invited or they deliberately boycotted the meeting which was attended by other governors in the zone, who are known to be pro-President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 ambition.
Those who attended the meeting include host Governor Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Peter Obi (Anambra), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Martin Elechi (Ebonyi), Theodore Orji (Abia), Liyel Imoke (Cross River State) and Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta).
Obi, chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum, who read the group’s communiqué said the meeting discussed ways of collaboration between the two zones.
He said: “We met today in Enugu and discussed how the two zones will work together economically in the area of infrastructure.
“Akwa Ibom and Abia states have reached an understanding to work with the private sector to reconstruct and dualise the bad Ikot-Ekpene-Aba Road in order to improve economic activities within the corridor of both states.
“We also discussed the issue of oil theft and how to curb it. We discussed the issue of ethnic harmony between the zones and how to promote it.
“Finally, we commend the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The various programmes shown in the mid-term report clearly shows that the transformation agenda is on course and we pledge to continue supporting him.”
All the governors drove off immediately after the meeting ended without fielding questions from Journalists.