The Governors of the South Eastern region deserve a round of applause for their call over the weekend condemning “all hate speeches and misconduct from any segment of the country”. The governors, who made the call on Sunday at a meeting in Enugu with members of the National Assembly from the South East and traditional rulers from the region, said they “were not in support of secession”.
This statement by the South-East governors sees them rise some few places in the YNaija Effectiveness Ranking for Governors in the week under review. Nigerians have been waiting and calling on governors in the South-East to speak up on the Biafra agitation and other hate speeches across the country. Though coming a little bit late, the governors’ call is worthy of commendation. However, Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha fell down the pecking order. This is due to the statement he made during that week that he has “spoilt” people of Imo with projects. “The only problem I have is that anybody that comes after me and does not perform will be stoned. Because you cannot come to Imo State now and say you want to abolish free education from primary to university, they will not accept. I have spoilt Imo people believe me,” Okorocha said.
Another governor who had a decline in his ranking was Ekiti governor, Ayodele Fayose. Fayose’s slump was majorly due to his decision to sack all his commissioners. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor who gave no reasons for his action directed the former commissioners to hand over to the Permanent Secretaries of their respective ministries. Earlier in the week, Fayose had told journalists that President Muhammdu Buhari was presently on life support at the West-end of a London hospital. While speaking on Buhari’s health, the governor said, “I want to say emphatically that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has not spoken to the president in the last one month. I expect him to prove me wrong.”
From the best to the worst, see our top ten
|State||Party||Year Elected||Rank This Week||Rank Last Week|
|Sokoto State||Aminu Waziri Tambuwal||APC||2015||1||1|
|Abia State||Okezie Ikpeazu||PDP||2015||2||2|
|Borno State||Kashim Shettima||APC||2011||3||3|
|Anambra State||Willie Obiano||APGA||2010||4||5|
|Kaduna State||Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai||APC||2015||5||4|
|Delta State||Ifeanyi Okowa||PDP||2015||6||6|
|Ebonyi State||David Umahi||PDP||2015||7||7|
|Bayelsa State||Seriake Henry Dickson||PDP||2011||8||8|
|Cross River State||Prof. Benedict Ayade||PDP||2015||9||9|
|Enugu State||Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi||PDP||2015||10||10|
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*The YNaija Effectiveness Ranking is a perception index based on perceived levels of effectiveness of public officials, as determined by correspondents assessment, news reports and opinion surveys.