Nigerian Twitter users chose Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as Nigeria’s “Man of the Year” in a Twitter poll conducted by SaharaReporters.
Out of 3,625 votes, Mr. Osinbajo received 41 percent, with the late Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali coming in second with 27 percent.
GOOD OR BAD: Who Amongst These 4 shortlisted persons will you VOTE for as "Man Of The Year?"— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) December 5, 2017
Mr. Osinbajo served as Acting President of Nigeria for a total of over three months in 2017 while President Muhammadu Buhari was in London receiving medical treatment.
During his time as Acting President, Mr. Osinbajo took on several presidential duties. He signed three executive orders, inaugurated the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), directed the expansion of the Social Investment Programmes (SIP), and attended the G7 summit where he met with U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders.
Prof Yemi Osinbajo did a good job while baba was on sick leave.— Ojehomon Joses (@OjehomonJoses1) December 5, 2017
Nigeria experience relative calmness during that period.
VP professor Yemi osinbanjo is for obvious reasons my man of the year, despite PMB not been around he coordinated the affairs of my great Nigeria with so much wisdom ðð½— Chuks Ogbolu (@ogbolu_chuks) December 5, 2017
No 3... VP. He kept the country together and moving during the time , President was ill and outside the country. Itâs a very trying period for Nigeria, many will not realize the import of this— chudy,Okonkwo (@chudy2003) December 4, 2017
The late Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu Ali was killed in a Boko Haram ambush and has since been hailed for his gallantry and service for Nigeria.
Lt col Abu Ali paid the supreme prize for his country in the fight against terrorism. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace AMEN!!!!!— damilola Aiyebogun (@aiyebogss) December 5, 2017
Col. Abu Ali has contributed immensely in combating terrorism.— Malik Muhammad Suwar (@MalikSuwar) December 5, 2017
Radio host Daddy Freeze, who received 17 percent, stirred up controversy when he criticized tithing, calling it a scam.
Daddy freeze for untangling theð from mental slavery..— Jioke Nnaji (@JayNnaji) December 4, 2017
Its gotta be freeze. Man's opened a lot of eyes amd freed a lotta pple from slavery. Like where did the new church ever pay tithe after Jesus died? Tithing was an instruction for jews. We are gentiles and christians. Jews don't even believe Jesus actually came and died for us.— Agbons Ekata (@flashpoint_x) December 5, 2017
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) received 15 percent.
Osibajo has no business here. Look people do not know what 'man of the year' means really. It's the person that affected the polity, and it doesn't have to be for good. Kanu by far is the man of the year. I don't like him— OG Osakwe (@OsakweOg) December 5, 2017
Nnamdi kanu man of the year! He stand for biafra, freedom, he stand for ndigbo and he wasn't ashamed... Referendum is the key for ndigbo to exit from Nigerian!— John Grace (@JohnGra60535079) December 5, 2017
SaharaReporters had initially listed ten candidates, which was shortlisted to four. Those who did not make the final four were Charly Boy, Oby Ezekwesili, Atiku Abubakar, Dino Melaye, Bobrisky, and Abdulrasheed Maina.