Champion newspapers had earlier justified the award based and what they called Governor Peter Obi's outstanding performance in office, his commitment to the progress and development of Nigeria and the possession, by him, of the core qualities of humility, handwork and honesty that make for good and egalitarian society. They also pointed at his resilience in following the paths of honour that made him to become the first Governor to come in thrigh the courts and came back from impeachment, among other notables deeds of his.
However, Fayemi, who was also honored as the the "2013 Governor of the Year", disagreed with them and insisted that the totality of what Obi did in Nigetia and his transformation of his State, qualifies him to be named an outstanding Nigerian and not be cocooned among the Igbos alone. He pointed out that Obi should actually be counted among the fathers of democracy in Nigeria.
The Chief Host of the event and the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola who agreed with the Governor of Ekiti State said that Gov. Obi was ripe for any honour and award given his giant strides and landmark achievements while he was the Governor of Anambra State.
Other persons and institutions that received awards are: Alhaji Aliko Dangote, "the Man of the Year/ Business Man of the
Other winners are: Globacom Ltd, "Brand of the Year"; Zenith Bank, "Bank of the Year"; Mutual Benefits Assurance, Insurance Company of the Year".