*Adenuga is African Businessman of the year
By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
A common streak in the quartet is the way and manner they altered the pace and pattern of governance in the states they govern. Even more remarkable is the reconstruction of the political dynamics in the four states governed by Adams Oshiomhole, Edo, Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun, Kassim Shettima, Borno and Ibrahim Dankwambo, Gombe.
The handsome effort of the four was reflected in the ease with which all four won re-election for a second term.
For their efforts in making a difference, Governors Oshiomhole, Amosun, Shettima and Dankwambo are recognised as Governors of the Year, 2015.
Governor Kashim Shettima (Borno)
Arguably, no governor in the country faced the kind of pressure Governor Shettima got from the disparate forces that tackled him for most of his first four years in office. While the Boko Haram insurgents tackled from one bestial side, local political adversaries working in league with foes in Abuja regularly tackled him on the political plain.
The challenges nonetheless, Governor Shettima has won praise from far and near for his remarkable efforts in building hope, houses and unusual honesty in the heartland of Boko Haram.
Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe)
Described as the last man standing, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo was the only PDP governor who won re-election in the last general election. His feat was, however, not unexpected given the landmark achievements of the administration in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture among others.
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (Edo)
The advent of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as governor of Edo State in 2008 led to the massive reconstruction of roads and other infrastructure that had until his coming almost laid in perpetual disrepair. Besides road infrastructure, Governor Oshiomhole has in seven years made differences in the health and education sectors in the state.
Equally remarkable is his role in reshaping the political configuration of Edo State, taking the initiative from the old political order that had until recently held sway in the state.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun)
Friends and foes of Governor Ibikunle Amosun in Ogun State are agreed on the massive reconstruction of roads that have given a new face to some of the ancient towns in Ogun State. While critics lament the high priority given to road infrastructure by the administration, Governor Amosun like a man with vision has soldiered on, focused on the bigger picture that opening up the state would in turn bring the state to a new lease of life.
African Businessman of the Year
Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga Jr.
The one time Nigerian success story captured by the phenomenal business outreaches of Michael Adenuga Jnr. has remarkably branched out to the rest of the continent with Nigeria’s second richest business man planting his roots in Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Ghana, South Africa among others.
Dr. Adenuga may have become an African business icon, however, in the opinion of many Nigerians, he remains an inspiration and a bulwark whose entry into the GSM sector reshaped the pricing regime that foreign investors had at one time made hellish.
Adenuga’s investments in the continent range from telecommunication, oil and gas, banking among others