Southern Senators revive forum , makes Abiru Chairman

By Lateef Taiwo

Nine months after inauguration of the 10th Senate , the 51 Senators from the 17 Southern States , met on Wednesday to revive their forum , by electing six executives under the Chairmanship of Senator Adetokunbo Abiru ( APC Lagos East) .

The Senators met at the Conference room of the Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele ( APC Ekiti Central ) , said forum , like the Northern Senators ‘s forum , has been in existence since the 9th Senate and not a newly formed forum .

Specifically , Senator Bamidele who served as Chairman of the forum during the 9th Senate , said his current position as Leader of the 10th Senate , affected him from providing the required leadership , necessitating change of leadership which took place at meeting .

” What is happening here today is not new as both the Southern and Northern Senators’ fora existed even before this 10th Senate .

” At this meeting of the Southern Senators , new executive members will be announced to steer the affairs of the forum .

” The new Chairman as unanimously agreed by Southern Senators is Senator Adetokunbo Abiru ( APC Lagos East) , Vice Chairman, Senator Victor Umeh ( Labour Party , Anambra Central) , Secretary , Senator Mpigi Barinada ( PDP Rivers South East) , Publicity Secretary, Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong ( APC Cross River North ) and Treasurer , Senstor Kenneth Eze ( APC Ebonyi Central) .

Accepting his appointment as the new leader of the forum , Senator Abiru in his remarks said the forum would serve as veritable platform for discussing , analysing and dissecting national issues by Southern Senators for the sole purpose of moving Nigeria forward .

He added that they will partner with the Northern Senators forum to move the country forward.

“This forum, the Southern Senators forum is to champion the course of Nigeria and Nigerians. We have our Northern brothers with the Northern Senators Forum. We will work together with the Northern Senators forum to move the country forward.

” We will swing into action and roll out our plans for the betterment of the region and Nigeria. We will mapped out our our plans and work on them for the betterment of Nigeria and Nigerians generally .

“Before today , we have been running the forum in this 10th Senate as if we don’t exist but now that the last leadership has transferred power to us., the forum would be made vibrant “, he said .

The inauguration of the Southern Senators Forum is coming barely 24 hours after the imminent crisis in the Northern Senators Forum, following the resignation of Senator Abdul Ningi, ( PDP) Bauchi Central Senatorial District who was suspended on Tuesday for 3 Months by the Senate for accusing the Senate of budget padding.


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