The South-East/South-South governors meeting held in Enugu on Sunday but three governors – Adams Oshiomhole of Edo, Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Rotimi Amechi of Rivers – were conspicuously absent thereby continuing their trend of staying away completely from such meetings.
However, eight out of the 11 governors in the two geo-political zones attended the meeting. They are Theodore Orji of Abia; Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom; Liyel Imoke of Cross River; and Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta.
Others are Governors Sullivan Chime of Enugu and Peter Obi of Anambra.
The governors of Ebonyi and Bayelsa – Martin Elechi and Seriake Dickson respectively were represented by their deputies; Dave Umahi and John Gboribiogha, respectively.
Chairman of the South-South Governors’ Forum, Imoke, who spoke on behalf the other governors, said the meeting focused on how to promote unity in the zones among other issues.
He also stressed that the governors were not against the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said, “Governors of the South-East and South- South met again today. We deliberated extensively on the same issues that we discussed previously in our last meeting.
“Those deliberations are that we will continue to ensure that we focus on economic cooperation and unity and of course, focusing on our collective interest.”