Deji Elumoye and Udora Orizu
The Southern Senators Forum (SSF) of the Ninth Senate yesterday elected new leaders to run its affairs, with a resolution to always support an indivisible country, despite the challenges Nigeria faces.
Reporting to reporters after the unveiling of the new leadership at a closed-door meeting that lasted about an hour, Senate Vice President Senator Ovie Omo-Agege said the forum agreed to be united behind the Ninth Senate leadership led by Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan.
He said they also agreed to work with their northern counterparts on the unity and development of Nigeria
According to Omo-Agege, ” We are united – both the northern and southern forums of senators. We are united behind the leadership of the ninth assembly, headed by Dr. Ahmed Lawan. By June 11, we would be in the Ninth Senate for two years. And we felt it was right to inaugurate the leadership of this platform to provide leadership to senators from the southern part of the country.
“We have all concluded that, regardless of the challenges facing this country, we support a united Nigeria. I am the chairman; it is my obligation to lead the midwife leadership for this platform. “
According to Omo-Agege, the new leadership is chaired by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Equity Central); Senator Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra) as Deputy Chair; Senator Matthew Uroghide (PDP, Edo) as Secretary General; Senator Adeola Olamilekan (APC, Lagos) as Treasurer; Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu) as Secretary of Promotion, and Senator Degi Eremienyo (APC, Bayelsa) as Financial Secretary.
In his speech, the new chairman of the forum, Senator Bamidele, pledged to hold a position of confidence and ensure the unity of Nigeria.
He said: “We appreciate the honor shown to us by our colleagues. That is the position we hold in trust. It requires us to be at our best so that we can manage our unity in diversity. We also look forward to working to further strengthen the leadership of the Senate itself, while giving a voice to the people we represent, as well as doing everything we can to ensure that the unity of Nigeria that we all look forward to is strengthened. ”