President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is currently engrossed in a closed-door meeting with members of the Progressives Governors Forum at the State House.
The governors, led by Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, who recently assumed the role of Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, convened on Friday, June 2, 2023.
Among those present are governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Umar Namadi (Jigawa), Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Professor Babagana Zulum (Borno), and Mai Mala Buni (Yobe).
Also in attendance are Uba Sani (Kaduna), Dikko Radda (Katsina), Father Hyacinth Alia (Benue), AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq (Kwara), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Umar Bago (Niger), Aliyu Ahmed (Sokoto), Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi), and Bassey Otu (Cross River).
Notably absent from the meeting are Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Biodun Oyebanji, and Dr Nasir Idris (Kebbi).
While the specific agenda of the meeting remains undisclosed, reports suggest that discussions will center around the selection of National Assembly leadership positions, ministerial appointments, and the overall direction of the government.
It is understood that numerous governors, who have already identified their preferred candidates from their respective states, will utilize this opportunity to present their choices to the president.
President Tinubu has expressed his commitment to ensuring the inclusion of all stakeholders in the process of forming his government.
Moreover, deliberations are expected to address the current state of affairs following the elimination of fuel subsidies.
Anticipated topics for discussion include the administration’s strategies to mitigate the impacts of subsidy removal, especially in light of petrol prices surging to as high as N750 per litre nationwide.