Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has emerged the new chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum.
His emergence followed the expiration of the eight-year tenure of its former chairman, Atiku Bagudu as governor of Kebbi State.
Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni introduced Uzodinma to the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, at the party’s national secretariat during the APC governors’ meeting with the party’s helmsman and other members of the National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja on Wednesday.
Buni said Uzodinma emerged through a consensus.
Uzodinma, in his remarks, promised that “under my watch, we will be very close to the party.
“The purpose of the forum is to have impetus to the activities of the party and the government. We are only going to act as salesmen that will market the policies and programmes of government.
“APC is the only party we have got in Nigeria. The governor’s of APC seem to be the most active governors in Nigeria. So, my assurance is that we are just constructive partners to work with the party and our loyalty to the party is absolute.
“And indeed, the party will become the envy of other parties in Africa. Whatever that we did not get before, I’m sure under my leadership, the party will get it. It is going to be a synergy, we can’t do much without you and conversely I don’t think you can do much without us. So we are married in this business and there is no going back.”
Others governors at the meeting were, Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abduallahi Sule (Nasarawa), Mohammed Bago (Niger) Uba Sani (Kaduna), Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe), Nasir Idris (Kebbi) and Dapo Abiodun (Ogun).