Lagos 2015: PDP’s Jimi Agbaje picks running mate

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The governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Jimi Agbaje, has announced Safurat Abdulkareem as his running mate for the 2015 election in the state.

Mr Agbaje made the announcement in a statement, signed on his behalf, by his Director of Publicity, Felix Oboagwina.

Ms. Abdulkareem was running mate to the late PDP governorship candidate in 2003, Funso Williams.

Ms. Abdulkareem, a trained teacher and an accountant, holds an MBA degree.

The statement quoted her as saying that she would complement her principal, and assist in ushering into Lagos “a refreshing atmosphere, devoid of state-brewed intimidation and human rights abuses”.

“I feel humbled about being chosen for this noble responsibility.

“Mr. Jimi Agbaje is an amiable personality. He is a complete gentleman. I hope I can really, really complement him and assist him in winning the 2015 election because Lagosians strongly desire a change in government,” she said.

Describing PDP’s chances in the governorship polls as very bright, the deputy governorship candidate said she and Mr. Agbaje were entering the race at a time when Lagosians wanted to break the shackles of subjugation that had held them bound for 16 years.

“Our chances are very bright. Everybody wants a change in Lagos. They want personalities who can bring positive programmes to their lives.

“We want to usher into Lagos a better way of governance, devoid of coercion and intimidation,” she said.

Born June 23, 1961 to the family of Abdulmananu Mofolorunsho Layode and Risikat Ayinke Layode, Ms. Abdulkareem began her educational life in Ansar-ud-Deen Primary School, Badagry, Lagos, between 1966 and 1972.

From 1975 to 1980, she attended Government Teachers’ College, Badagry, where she obtained a Teacher’s Grade II Certificate.

She, thereafter, proceeded to the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, from 1985 to 1987 for an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Accounting, followed by a Higher National Diploma (HND) from the Kano State Polytechnic (1990).

In 2006, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management from the University of Ado-Ekiti.

Starting out in her working career as an Accounting Officer with Bintu Binta Trading Company, Kano, in 1987, Mrs. Abdulkarim later returned to the South-West, where she rose to become the General Manager of the Ikeja-based Disk Engineering Limited (1990 to 1996), and later Managing Director of Transmit Network (1996 to 1999).



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  • Invitro


    “The January 2014 global study of cities in the world done by the British Economist Intelligence Unit
    has ranked Lagos, Nigeria, as the 3rd worst liveable city in the world. Lagos has degraded further
    from its awful status in 2012 as the 4th worst city.

    On a scale of 100 Lagos now has the third poorest score of 39.0 of all cities in the world assessed.
    The study titled ‘livability’ assessed particular characteristics of each city, such as its crime levels,
    the threat of conflict, the quality of medical care, the levels of censorship, the city temperature,
    the quality of its schools and its transport links.”

    ………Reported by British Telegraph

    [January 2014]

    • Encore

      …………(2) LAGOS WORK IS CUT OUT

      Lagos state government has earned $40 billion in revenues between 1999 and now.
      The money – less salary and running expenses – was partly shared between Bola Tinubu,
      and Raji Fashola under corporate guise in the worst scam ever in modern Yoruba history.

      Lagos state last year floated a loan bond of about 80 billion Naira and got public investors
      to subscribe for repayment with interest but once the bond was fully subscribed, Raji Fashola
      took 40% of that money – about 35 billion Naira or so – and handed it over in cash to Bola Tinubu,
      via a bogus corporate front.

      This patently corrupt deal was ostensibly to buy back Lagos state ‘concession rights’on the Lekki
      tolled Expressway, according to Raji Fashola. But what the corrupt and clever by half Raji Fashola
      did not say is that the land at issue belongs to Lagos state and was never sold to Bola Tinubu’s company
      in the first place. Or did Bola Tinubu’s company invest 35 billion Naira developing the road.

      • Encore

        In other words, by sheer fraud, Raji Fashola paid Bola Tinubu 25 years profit upfront,
        without any further work. A lien was then imposed on Lagos portion of federal revenue
        for the next three [3] years to pay for this 80 billion Naira debt, by all Lagos residents.
        This transaction must count as the worst fraud ever in Yoruba history since Nigeria
        became independent on October i, 1960.

        On May 21st, 2014, the Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Ayodeji Gbeleyi,
        confirmed that Lagos state debts, as at May 2014, stood at N435 billion –
        including N275 billion in bonds – equivalent to 2.7 billion United States dollars
        (as at that date).

        Now, discounting monthly interest rates on the commercial portion of this debt,
        gross Lagos’ debt is now equal to all of the expected revenue allocation
        to Lagos in the next two and half years, currently standing at $3.7 billion,
        without equivalent benefits on the ground; to show for it – dollar for dollar.

        • Al Jihadi

          “When General Muhammadu Buhari was in his 40’s, he couldn’t govern Nigeria.
          Buhari was Number 1 (a Muslim); Idiagbon was Number 2 (a Muslim);
          his Chief of Air Staff and Chief of Army Staff were Muslims. They were all Muslims.
          We don’t want that kind of Nigeria anymore. We want a Nigeria where everyone will
          have a sense of belonging. We have seen it all and we know Buhari does not
          have the capacity to build the Nigeria of our dream.”

          …..Musiliu Obanikoro

          [December 27, 2014]

          • newvoice404

            Was it not the same Obanikoro all over Lagos a week ago cursing Bode George that he instructed delegates not to vote for a Muslim gubernatorial candidate? and of course Obanikoro is a Muslim and cursed Bode Gorge severely for bringing his religion into the political process! The curse is now on Obanikoro and GEJ supporters.

          • Vivian

            Obanikoro has seen the light that a multicultural society like the Yoruba’s must be balanced.

        • Awarawa

          And APC e-rats won’t read this now or they’ve gone dumb. They are rehearsing the excuse to push out. Awon alainironu…

  • Okemute1

    Look at all this sinking PDP e-rat posting and making the election seem as if Buhari is the incumbent. People talk to us about GEJ archievments in the last 6 years and PDP’s in the last 16 years. We are not interested on how old Buhari or how much Tinubu is making, tell us about GEJ transdeformation agenda.

    • Derrick

      @ Okemute,

      Renovating a colonial single-track train from Kano to Lagos is routine duty of government.
      Goodluck Jonathan therefore has the burden to justify his so-called transformation agenda.
      After 15 years nobody in Nigeria knows what Jonathan’s tranformation agenda really means.
      Stealing is what Nigerians see and moan about, there’s as yet no transformation elsewhere.

      • Agwu

        Are you normal? Has Jonathan spent 15 years? Or you meant to type 5 years?

        • Derrick

          Ah, ah? Why this angry reaction? Bros, is there something else?
          Or is Goodluck Jonathan actually planning to spend 15 years?

    • Dr. Kay

      Abeg my brother na di same thing me I dey ask oh and nobody is ready to even give me 5 of Dumbos achievement. Please don’t hold your breathe oh , you will die of asphyxia.

      • Awarawa

        Roads (Lagos-Ibadan ongoing, Benin-Ore completed, Abuja-Lokoja 95% completed, East-West road 85% completed, Kano-Maiduguri completed, etc), the trains are back (Abuja Monorail 90%, Abuja-Kaduna rail completed, Lagos-Abuja 150km rail contract signed, Lagos-Kano functioning again, etc), health (More than 5 teaching hospitals are carrying out renal operations now, Read the newly sign NHIS bill signed into law by GEJ and you’ll understand, because time would not permit me to spill it one by one), Agriculture (Fertilizer manufacturing companies in Nigeria are more than 6nos and the fact that food prices have been stable for years is testimony to giant strides this govt has made, many smart Nigerians are embracing farming now unlike the OFN), Automobile ( more than 4 auto makers are producing their brands here in Nigeria with many to come), Trade & Commerce ( if FDI is flowing into a country bedeviled with BH, only the gullible one would believe the naysayers, the YouWin program of GEJ has benefited about 3,965 Nigerians with attendant job created by these young Nigerians), of course freedom of information which Buhari can never tolerate, let me stop here for now.

  • Adavize Alao

    hmmm Easy ride for Ambode

    • Awofolaju

      But what does this Ambode really stand for? Nobody in Lagos state knows the answer.
      He was accountant of Lagos Local government councils where corruption was incubated.

      • John A. Joseph


        Hehehehehe! Ambode is too busy going to anywhere that looks like a church.
        Taking a photographer along his current priority is to prove himself a Christian.
        I don’t think he has a manifesto or governing plan – with mere 45 days to election.

      • Adavize Alao

        where is Jimi plans?? besides elections are 60 days away
        Ambode = IGR generation not Oil money Dependence

  • the truth

    Who killed funsho williams? Who stood to gain if funsho williams was assasinated in that governorship election year? this same people who killed,maimed,rig and roast mentality now want to give us the drug change.nigerians are watching.this lady from a neutral standpoint has a good following and has a good credential

    • Adavize Alao

      Ogunlewe was charged with Funsho Williams murder

  • Bosun Cole

    Jimi Agbaje looks good from a distance but looking good won’t cut it.
    He needs damn good intellectually-gifted fresh faces around him
    (as alter ego) to compliment the promise he holds of a new governor
    that could chart a new and clever path but he can’t promise following
    a new path whilst he’s surrounded by the faces the public already
    associate with financial evil and mental emptiness over the years.
    The earlier he gets that fine point the better for him because that’s
    the ace he still has over the tired and olden Action Congress (AC).

    • S n’ S

      Are you saying Bode George and Senator Ogunlewe can’t complement Jimi Agbaje?

      • Abiodun Olayinka

        Those 2 can’t even compliment a goat much more a person

  • Wähala

    Hmmm… Muslim-Muslim Ticket (Janjaweed Couple!)
    PDP wants to Islamize Lagos State and convert FESTAC Town into terrorists training ground after deporting Ndigbo. My people, ro nu oo! Vote APC and protect yourselves and property. Nothing good can come ever from the PDP other than another, “Abandoned Property” regime if you vote these Islamists into power. Say No! to Janjaweed Ticket… Sai Buhari!

    • the truth

      My brother stop peddling lies.jimmy is not a muslim.say whst u know and stop peddling falsehood.change for once

  • Newsbreak

    Breaking News:

    Lagos governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
    Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has been quizzed by the police over an alleged
    perjury case against him, Sunday Tribune has exclusively learnt.

    A security source revealed that Ambode was quizzed on Wednesday
    at the Force Headquarters in Abuja. He was reportedly released on
    administrative bail after he was said to have made his statement on oath.

    The police team handling the investigation reportedly issued a formal
    summons on him which he reportedly honoured. The CTC of the
    nomination form with the Independent National Electoral Commission
    (INEC) was reportedly obtained from the commission, while the CTC
    of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (Jamb) form he
    filled in 1981 was reportedly obtained from the University of Lagos.

    According to security sources, investigation had been concluded
    and a criminal charge would soon be preferred. Sunday Tribune
    gathered that the petition alleging perjury against him was authored
    by Lagos APC integrity group. The petitioners accused him of
    lying on oath by claiming in his JAMB form in 1981 that he was from
    Ilaje in Ondo State, only to claim in his nomination form, on oath again,
    to be from Epe in Lagos State.

    • Anthony

      Na wa O! Another perjury again? Was Bola Ahmed Tinubu born in perjury? Haba.
      This Ambode should go and look for something else to do. He will be disqualified.

    • favourtalk

      Stop dreaming……. and all this cheap blackmail will not work

  • favourtalk

    Whatever you do, you can’t still win lagos state in the coming election because lagos is for change and nothing, I mean nothing will stop the continuous change in nigeria and lagos. Change is noy thing on nigeria comes 2015