Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State has pledged to move the South-East zone forward.
Orji made this pledge on Sunday shortly after he was elected chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum.
He emerged after a protracted meeting of the governors which last over five hours, at the Enugu State Government House.
Some Igbo stakeholders also attended the meeting.
Outgoing chairman of the forum, Mr. Peter Obi of Anambra State, said the governors unanimously elected Orji as Chairman.
Obi told journalists that the meeting was the usual meeting of governors from the South-East region.
He said, “We met for our usual meeting in the South-East and for our overall development. We met to select a new chairman for the forum. As you know, I will be handing over on March, 17. The new chairman is governor of Abia State.
“He will steer the mantle of leadership of the forum haven completed my tenure. I urge you all, especially the media, to give him the support that you gave to me during my tenure.”
While making his acceptance speech, Orji thanked his colleagues for electing him the chairman.
“I pledge to move the South-East region forward especially in the area of economic development. Obviously, this task is a daunting one but with the cooperation of my colleagues, I will surely accomplish this task.
“I also assure you that I will move the region to the next level with the active participation of all stakeholders,” he said.