A former governor of Enugu state, Chimaroke Nnamani, has described the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, as the most successful Nigerian governor ever. He also condemned those attacking Tinubu over his health.
Senator Nnamani, however, said he would vote for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 election.
In a Twitter thread posted around 1:18 a.m. on Wednesday on his verified handle, Mr Nnamani, who represents Enugu East Senatorial District on PDP’s ticket, poured encomium on Mr Tinubu but said his vote is “covered by the umbrella per my party, PDP and our candidate, Atiku Abubakar.”
Both Messrs Tinubu and Nnamani served as governors of Lagos and Enugu State respectively from 1999 to 2007. The former is currently in the Senate, where he is a colleague of Mr Tinubu’s spouse, Oluremi Tinubu.
In the tweet, Nnamani praised the former Lagos State governor for the reforms in the administration of criminal justice, education, healthcare and employment of non-indigenes.
He noted that the presidential candidate of the APC had the best mentorship system in the country.
“I had cause to engage with him on jobs for Enugu spouses. In the Education Sector he introduced Tutor General and raised the bar for earning by teachers,” Nnamani tweeted.
“He left a lasting legacy of hard work in Lagos State in infrastructure (roads and housing).
“When Bola Ahmed Tinubu was governor, Lagos state’s IGR rose from 600 million Naira per month to over 8 billion Naira per month. He had an impressive track record as a governor.
“His state contributed more than 30% to our country’s GDP, accounted for more than 65% of industrial investment in Nigeria, 80% of its international trade, and collected more than 60% of the country’s value-added tax.
“In the area of human capacity, his mentorship was first class and his mentees have spread out and like little acorns, many have become giant oak trees in Nigeria’s political firmaments.” (Premium Times)