Barely 9 days to the close of voting in the African Leadership Magazine Good Governance Polls for State Governors in Nigeria, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode takes the lead with over 26% of the vote casts and closely trailed by the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano with 21%.
The Poll which commenced last 2 weeks was designed by the group as part of its strategic engagement tool to monitor performance and gauge the mood of the electorates in Nigeria, in line with its objective of providing credible information and support to leaders in Nigeria and Africa at large.
The poll becomes necessary to promote good governance and engender peer review amongst leaders in Nigeria and Africa at large, following the country’s prevailing situation that has seen some governors unable to meet their electoral promises, owing largely to a sharp decline in oil revenue.
In the third place is River state Governor Nyesom Wike with 11% of the total vote casts; Ogun state Governor Ibikunle Amosun with 8% follows in the fourth position.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko are at a tie in the fifth position with 7%.
While the performances of a good number of Nigeria’s states Chief Executives have been hampered by the lack of funds, the selected governors in the poll have continued to attract local and international commendation for their ingenuity and ability to manage scarce resources in delivering their mandate to the people by prompt payment of workers’ salaries, initiation and completion of laudable infrastructural projects, as well as putting in place policies aimed at driving economic growth and promoting security in the respective states.
Mr. Kingsley Okeke, the Managing Editor of the African Leadership Magazine, has said “. . . the Magazine would feature a special report on the achievements and giant strides of the 5 Top Performing Governors in the October Edition”.
He also said the Governors “shall receive a commendation award from the African Leadership Magazine, as well as some of its partners, for driving change and development in Nigeria” during the International Leadership Summit, an event being organized by the Events Department of African Leadership, at the margin of the United Nations General Assembly on the 22-23 of September 2o16.
To vote for the best performing governors, visit www.old.africanleadership.co.uk. Voting closes on July 31st, 2016.