The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbagbe, has picked as his running mate a legal practitioner, Mrs Haleemat Busari.
The 54-year-old Mrs Busari is the wife of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Olatunde Busari.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation, Felix Oboagwina, said in a statement on Thursday that Agbaje settled for Busari after comprehensive consultations within and outside the PDP, adding that the lawyer came highly recommended and widely endorsed as Agbaje’s running mate.
According to Oboagwina, those consulted by Agbaje unanimously “agreed that the Jimi-Haleemat combination is a winning ticket on every count.”
He said Busari’s versatility and connections as a professional in corporate governance, a Muslim activist and as a bonafide native of Lagos, had enriched the mandate given to Agbaje to fly the PDP flag in Lagos.
The statement read in part, “The law graduate from the University of Lagos is a director on the board of several blue-chip companies, including Zain Nigeria Ltd (now Airtel Nigeria) and First Bank, Sierra Leone.
“Her passion for youth development has led her to head and sponsor several projects targeted at assisting young people to build socio-economic capacity at both corporate and social levels.
“Haleemat attended Methodist Girls High School, Lagos, after which she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Ilorin in 1986, followed by a Law degree from the University of Lagos in 1990.
“Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1991, she returned to UNILAG for her LL.M. in 1995, before obtaining an MBA from the Lagos Business School in 2005.”