After a marathon meeting that lasted about three hours, South East and South South Governors Forum elected Akwa-Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel as Chairman, even as they agreed to pursue regional cooperation and integration for the economic benefit of the two regions.
They agreed the hold their next meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on August 27, 2017.
The communique was read by Governor Emmanuel on behalf of the governors.
The governors present included: Igwenyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa-Ibom), Ben Ayade (Cross River), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), and Nyesom Nike (Rivers).
Others were; Okezie Ikpazu (Abia), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) and Anambra Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke, who represented Governor Willie Obiano.
Governors Ifeanyi Okowa and Godwin Obaseki of Delta and Edo states were absent. They also failed to send their deputies.