Again, S’East, S’South Govs Meet, Reaffirm Support for Jonathan

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Governors of the South-east and South-south states continued with their joint meeting in Enugu, Sunday, with a pledge to continue to foster economic cooperation and unity among the two zones.
The meeting was attended by Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Peter Obi (Anambra), Theodore Orji (Abia), Sullivan Chime (Enugu). Governors of Bayelsa and Ebonyi States were represented by their deputies. Governors of Rivers, Edo, Akwa-Ibom and Imo were absent and sent no representatives.
The governors also reaffirmed their commitment to the success of President Goodluck Jonathan's government and accordingly reiterated their earlier position that only Nigerians would determine who becomes the president in 2015.
Imoke,who briefed journalists after the meeting, said that the two zones have agreed to foster economic cooperation towards the development of the two states.
Although Imoke did not give details of their deliberations, it was learnt that the governors may have possibly discussed common areas of agreement to be presented by the two zones to the National Conference Committee.
Meanwhile, the governors of the South-east are expected to meet with leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo this week to fine-tune the position of Ndigbo ahead of the national conference.
THISDAY checks revealed that Ohanaeze decided at its Imeobi meeting on Saturday to consult governors in the zone on the need to present a common position that would be canvassed at the conference.
After meeting with the governors, Ohanaeze would make its position on the conference public, a source said yesterday.
It could be recalled that governors of the two zones had met on September 29 in Enugu where they urged President Jonathan not to allow his administration to be distracted, commending him on the modest achievements he has recorded in the past five years.
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