The statement was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode.
The governor also congratulated Sen. Stella Oduah (Anambra North) who emerged Vice-Chairman of the forum as well as other new officials elected on Wednesday.
Fayemi said he was convinced that Bamidele would bring his wealth of experience, dynamism and deep understanding of the Nigerian polity to bear on his new assignment.
He said he looked forward to a more strategic collaboration with the Southern Senators Forum, under Bamidele’s leadership.
The governor said that democratic institutions in the country would perform better with the right leadership.
“Senator Bamidele’s pragmatic and dynamic leadership would be a plus to the forum.
” I am convinced that his touch of excellence would increase the impact of the forum on our collective efforts at nation building,” the governor added. (NAN)