*Wike, Shehu Sani, Aisha Buhari also win
By KATO P. LADAN, Kduna
Again, former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has for the second time, emerged the AUTHENTIC MAN OF THE YEAR 2017.
He won the prestigious award back-to-back, after winning the 2016 edition.
The Wazirin Adamawa beat Kaduna State Governor, Makam Nasir el-Rufai and ex President Goodluck Jonathan, who finished first and second runners up respectively.
For the AUTHENTIC POLITICIAN OF THE YEAR 2017, controversial Senator, Dino Melaye was voted ahead of his close friend and Senate President, Dr. Bukoka Saraki and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who settled for first and second runners up respectively.
Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari was voted AUTHENTIC WOMAN OF THE YEAR, beating Ugonna Uzor-Kalu and Patience Jonathan.
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State beat Akinwunmi Ambode and Hassan Dankwambo to the AUTHENTIC GOVERNOR OF THE YEAR.
He claimed the award back-to-back after winning the 2016 edition, and tying with Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State in the 2015 edition.
Final round of voting opened from 1am December 29 and ended midnight December 31, 2017.
AUTHENTIC LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR 2017 was won by Distinguished Senator Shehu Sani. He won it back-to-back after also winning in 2016, edging out Senator Ben Murray-Bruce and Representative Sunday Katung.
Innoson Motors boss, Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma emerged AUTHENTIC BUSINESSPERSON OFBTHE YEAR 2017. Alhaji Sayyu Dantata and Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote finished as first and second runners up respectively.
Other winners and nominees are below in no particular order:
7 AUTHENTIC MDA OF THE YEAR
- Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) (Winner)
- Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
- Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism
8 AUTHENTIC BRAND OF THE YEAR
- Innoson Motors
- Dangote Flour
- Life Lager Beer (Winner)
9 AUTHENTIC CORPORATE ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR
- Dangote Group (Winner)
- First Bank Nigeria Plc
- Airtel Nigeria
10 AUTHENTIC NGO OF THE YEAR
- Christian Aid Nigeria
- Basketball For Peace (BB4P) (Winner)
- TY. Danjuma Foundation
11 AUTHENTIC MILITARY OR PARAMILITARY OUTFIT OF THE YEAR
- Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) (Winner)
- Nigerian Navy
- Nigerian Army
12 AUTHENTIC SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR
- Nigeria Turkish International Colleges
- Loyola Jesuit
- Faith Academy (Winner)
13 AUTHENTIC UNIVERSITY OF THE YEAR
- AUN Yola
- Covenant University
- ABU Zaria (Winner)
14 AUTHENTIC JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
- Austin Owoicho (AUTHENTIC News Daily)
- Isaiah Benjamin (LEADERSHIP) (Winner)
- Comrade Ameh Godwin (Daily Post)
15 AUTHENTIC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
- Engineer Musa Nimrod (Winner)
- Ahmed Fresh
- Frank Orbih
16 AUTHENTIC OPPOSITION FIGURE OF THE YEAR
- Rivers State APC
- Governor Ayodele Fayose (Winner)
- Kola Ologbondiyan
17 AUTHENTIC ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
- Tekno (Winner)
- Wiz Kid