The Governor of Edo state,Godwin Obaseki was not present at the meeting of South-South governors in Abuja on Sunday.
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, Ben Ayade of Cross River and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State are amongst those present. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta was also not present.
The South South governors are discussing the implications of the scheduled trial of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The meeting, which began at 4:00 p.m. and still underway as of 5:49 p.m., is chaired by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State.
Of the six governors in the South-South, Mr Obaseki is the only one belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC), which controls Nigeria’s political centre.
The remaining five governors belong to the Peoples Democratic Party (APC), Nigeria’s main opposition party.
A spokesperson for Mr Obaseki told PREMIUM TIMES the governor was attending a meeting in Lagos.
“The governors are having an emergency meeting in Abuja, but Governor Obaseki is in Lagos attending to official engagement he had preciously scheduled,” spokesperson Crusoe Osagie said. He said the governor did not shun the meeting because he is associated with the APC which is prosecuting the chief justice.
Onnoghen, who hails from Cross River state, has been accused of improper declaration of assets.An allegation that he denied.