Opinion: How performed better as Governor – Peter Obi or Tinubu

    Performance index of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Gregory Onwubuasi Obi, to know who did better as a governor.

    I promised to make it public so that Nigerians will see and judge for themselves.

    Aside character and integrity which Peter Obi has, in addition to practical verifiable business experience, age on his side, mental and physical health on his side, he had a better performance record than Tinubu.

    I have decided to lay before all Nigerians the TRUTH by making a comparative performance analysis of Lagos and Anambra using key development indicators.

    However, it’s unfair to compare Lagos State with Anambra.

    Lagos the Toast of Africa – from the Portuguese, to the British, to the locals and Nigeria as a whole, everyone just wants her.

    And Anambra… the state left in ruins after the civil war (imagine what’s happening in Ukraine currently).

    So here we will be looking at the performance of BAT (2003-2007), PO (2007-2014) using key development indicators

    Everything I will be sharing are verifiable facts from verifiable sources.

    Below are growth indicators often used by development economist to access low-middle income countries hence we will be using it here:

    1.) Gross National Income per Capita
    2.) Life Expectancy
    3.) Human Development Index (HDI)
    4.) Health Index
    5.) Educational Index
    6.) Income Index

    My data source is from the renowned Global Data Lab (GDL) – an independent data and research center at the institute of Management research, Radboud University, Netherlands.

    GDL started compiling data from 2003, hence BAT’s Performance is evaluated from 2003

    1.) Global National Income Per Capita

    BAT (2003-2007): In 2003 at 8.887 & in 2007 at 9.218. Had a growth of 3.72%

    Lagos (2007-2014): In 2007 at 9.218 & in 2014 at 9.303. Had a growth of 0.92%

    Anambra (2007-2014): In 2007 at 8.823 & in 2014 at 9.220. Had a growth of 4.50%

    2.) Life Expectancy

    BAT (2003-2007): In 2003 at 55.40 & in 2007 at 56.80. Had a growth of 2.54%

    Lagos (2007-2014): In 2007 at 56.81 & in 2014 at 58.21. Had a growth of 2.46%

    Anambra (2007-2014): In 2007 at 53.55 & in 2014 at 58.97. Had a growth of 10.12%

    3.) Human Development Index (HDI)

    BAT (2003-2007): In 2003 at 0.610 & in 2007 at 0.630. Had a growth of 3.28%

    Lagos (2007-2014): In 2007 at 0.630 & in 2014 at 0.644. Had a growth of 5.40%

    Anambra (2007-2014): In 2007 at 0.569 & in 2014 at 0.659. Had a growth of 15.82%

    4.) Health Index

    BAT (2003-2007): In 2003 at 0.545 & in 2007 at 0.566. Had a growth of 3.85%

    Lagos (2007-2014): In 2007 at 0.566 & in 2014 at 0.588. Had a growth of 3.89%

    Anambra (2007-2014): In 2007 at 0.516 & in 2014 at 0.600. Had a growth of 16.30%

    5.) Educational Index

    BAT (2003-2007): In 2003 at 0.645 & in 2007 at 0.634. Had a DECLINE of -0.011%

    Lagos (2007-2014): In 2007 at 0.634 & in 2014 at 0.702. Had a growth of 10.73%

    Anambra (2007-2014): In 2007 at 0.560 & in 2014 at 0.686. Had a growth of 22.5%

    6.) Income Index

    BAT (2003-2007): In 2003 at 0.647 & in 2007 at 0.697. Had a growth of 7.73%

    Lagos (2007-2014): In 2007 at 0.697 & in 2014 at 0.710. Had a growth of 1.86%

    Anambra (2007-2014): In 2007 at 0.637 & in 2014 at 0.697. Had a growth of 9.42%

    From the above 6 indicators used in measuring public governance performance in low-middle income country, Peter Obi outperformed Lagos of Fashola and BAT in ALL!

    Factoring IGR, investments in Lagos since colonial days and the civil war, it’s safe to say Peter Obi is in a league on his own.

    So, comparing Lagos with Anambra in terms of the globally accepted developmental indicators is an INSULT to Anambra State and the leadership of Peter Obi.

    As if that was not enough, also look at the departing gift Peter Obi presented to Anambra State and BAT’s to Lagos State (everywhere in public domain).

    To prove that his education at Harvard Business School, Kellog School of Management, Oxford and Cambridge wasn’t just for fun, Peter Obi, in his handover note, left local and foreign investment savings in billions of Naira and cash savings for the state as has been verified.

    The investment had a MINIMUM 2-year maturity period before the state can sell part of it for liquidity

    It has also been verified how the next government generated funds from the investments Peter Obi made on behalf of the state

    These are funds, Peter Obi could have easily stolen like many governors in Nigeria shamelessly do.

    Show me any servant leader in Nigeria’s history at least since 1999 like Peter Obi.

    Meanwhile, he did all of this and still chose to deprive himself of ALL entitlements as an ex-governor.

    Contrast that with BAT

    BAT left 27 billion naira in the treasury and a whopping 100 billion Naira debt which his successor increased to over 400 billion naira.  Nigeria: Fashola to Inherit N100bn Debt From Tinubu

    The self-serving leader also proposed huge renumeration for himself as has been verified.

    Dear Citizens of Nigeria, this day life and death has been presented to you. Choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.

    Ayodeji Oyewumi; @iam_ayooyewumi