By HENRY UMORU
Former state governors in the civilian dispensation dating back to the second republic have regrouped under the aegis, Former Governors Forum, FGF.
The Forum, according to the former governors, is designed to have bi-partisan approaches to some fundamental issues and challenges facing the nation’s democracy. The erstwhile state chief executives met at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja at the weekend, just as the enlarged caucus of the group has the national chairmen of the three leading political parties in the country, who were former governors, the PDP, ACN and ANPP: Alhaji Bamangar Tukur, Chief Bisi Akande and Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, respectively, in attendance.
Tukur held the ford in the old Gongola State (second republic); Akande, Osun (third republic) and Onu, Abia (third republic).
Other members of the Forum who attended the weekend meeting are former governors of Kaduna State: Alhaji Balarabe Musa, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and their counterpart from Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu.
Also at the meeting are the former governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo; ex-governor of Katsina State, elected on the platform of National Republican Convention, NRC, Alhaji Saidu Barda; former governor of Nasarawa State, and Senator Abdullahi Adamu from Nasarawa State.
Others are former governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Bonnie Haruna; ex-governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju; former governor of Enugu State and past National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo; former governor of Ondo State, Chief Olusegun Agagu, and former governor of old Gongola State in 1983 during the Second Republic, Mr. Wilberforce Juta.
In his welcome address to the enlarged caucus, the chairman of the Forum, Nwobodo, who explained that the reason for forming the forum was to enable them continue in rendering services for the unity and development of the country, said, ‘’We felt that it would be better to organize an all embracing elected former governors from 1979 when Presidential and Governorship elections were held at both Federal and State levels till date. Every former governor who was approached showed interest and applauded the idea.”
Nwobodo, who noted that the Forum would have the largest number of eminent Nigerians if well harnessed, stressed that it would be of great advantage to the nation in all the sectors of governance.