NATIONAL CHRONICLE NEWSPAPER NAMES GOV. SHEMA MAN OF THE YEAR
Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema of Katsina State has won the National Chronicle man of the year 2011 award.
The Katsina State Chief Executive was the Newspaper's first runner-up for 2010, coming behind the eventual winner, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, the Executive Governor of Delta State .
A statement signed by the Editor of National Chronicle Newspaper Peretine Ikenebomeh said Governor Shema emerged the winner of the Annual award beating the Governor of River State, Rotimi Amaechi and Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola to the second and third positions respectively.
"In a poll which was conducted through sms, phone calls, emails by the organization, the Kastina State boss pulled over six thousand votes to defeat his closest rival, the River State Governor Rotimi Amaechi who scored over two thousand and five hundred votes to come second and Lagos Governor Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola who scored over one thousand and five hundred votes to come third out of the over ten thousand readers who participated in the poll.
"Governor Shema came first in all the areas, National Chronicle Man of the year 2011 award was based on. The governor got over 60% votes in the area of security 65% in health, 62% in infrastructure 55% in education, 70% in good governance and 86% in transparency," Peretine added.
He said the emergency of barrister Shema as the National Chronicle Man of the year 2011 did not come to readers of the popular newspaper as a surprise. "Governor Shema, the political godson of the late President Umaru Musa Yar'adua has demonstrated in all his actions and dealing that he is a man of honour, honesty, dedications and trust worthy, a role model in grassroots development. The area the people of Kastina have felt the impact of their governor includes, health education, road construction, housing, water supply, poverty eradication, market development, security amongst others.
"As rightly predicted by the National Chronicle in 2010 when he emerged as that year first runner-up that it will be easier for the head of a camel to pass through the eyes of a needle than for any candidate to defeat barrister Shema in 2011 elections, and that Governor Shema was a king awaiting coronation on a may 29, 2011. True to this prediction, the Kastina state governor won the 2011 Governorship elections for Kastina state convincingly by sending the onslaught of the C.P.C in Kastina state which incidentally happens to be the home of the CPC presidential candidate, Gen Mohammed Buhari."
This award has further confirmed that the readers of the newspapers who voted over whelming for the Kastina State Governor as the first runner-up to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in 2010 did not made a mistake neither was it a fluke. The award will be presented to him soon.