Six governors, three each from the South-south and South-east geo-political zones yesterday met at the Governor’s Lodge in Awka, Anambra State, and announced at the end of their meeting that a summit would be convened in the first week of January next year.
The governors, who attended the parley from the two geo-political zones included, Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa-Ibom), Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Sullivan Chime (Enugu) Theodore Orji (Abia) and the host Governor, Mr. Peter Obi of Anambra State. Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martins Elechi was represented by his deputy, Mr. Dave Umahi.
But conspicuously absent at the meeting were Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) and Adams Oshiomhole (Edo).
Imoke, who addressed journalists at the end of the over four hours meeting, said the only issue discussed by the governors was the proposed summit which he explained would attract prominent leaders from the southern states and offer them a platform to cross fertilise of ideas and contribute or input on common needs of the southern zones in particular and the country in general.
The ultimate aim of the summit, he said, is to engineer economic and other activities that would be of utilitarian value to the country.
The governors, Imoke said, had pledged their total support to the government of President Goodluck Jonathan and called on Nigerians to support him in his efforts to transform and make the country better for all Nigerians.
The governors also enjoined Nigerians to emphasise only those things that will lead to national unity and progress instead of promoting divisive issues that create tension in the country.