Yesterday the governors of Imo, Rivers and Edo states (Rochas Okorocha, Rotimi Amaechi and Adams Oshiomhole) respectively shunned the South-South and South-East governors’ meeting held in Enugu.
Though Governor Peter Obi who briefed newsmen after the meeting tried to shield the kernel of their discussion, Daily Sun reliably gathered that the meeting was to begin series of meetings scheduled for the two zones in the South-East to drum up support for Jonathan’s 2015 presidential ambition.
The meeting, held in the Enugu Government House for several hours, was ahead of another meeting to include all stakeholders from the two zones in the next two weeks.
The main agenda of the meeting, which was to mobilise support for Jonathan ahead of 2015 presidential election, a source said, informed the decision of Okorocha (Imo), Oshiomhle (Edo) and Amaechi (Rivers), who were believed to have strong links with the All Progressives Congress (APC), to shun the parley.
In a terse statement after the meeting, Governor Obi who spoke on behalf of the governors present said: “We considered how the two zones will work together economically in the area of infrastructure.
“Akwa Ibom and Abia states have reached an understanding with private sector to reconstruct and dualise the bad Ikot Ekpene-Aba Road to improve the corridor of both states.
“We discussed the issue of oil theft and how to curb the theft. We discussed issue of ethnic harmony between the zones and how to promote it.
“Finally, we commend the president for the various programmes as shown in the mid-term report which clearly shows that the transformation agenda is on course and we pledge to continue supporting him.”
Other governors who attended the Enugu meeting included the host, Mr. Sullivan Chime; Chief Martin Elechi (Ebonyi); Chief Theodore Orji (Abia); Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta); Chief Liyel Imoke (Cross River); Chief Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) and Sierike Dickson (Bayelsa).