Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate for Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has picked Safurat Abdulkareem as his running mate for the 2015 election. Felix Oboagwina, Agbaje’s Director of Publicity made the announcement on Sunday.
Safurat, a trained teacher, an accountant and a MBA degree holder, was running mate to 2003 governorship candidate of the PDP, late Funso Williams. Safurat, the statement says, will alongside her principal engender “a refreshing atmosphere, devoid of state-brewed intimidation and human rights abuses” in Lagos State. On her part, the nominee said, “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.”
Sounding optimistic, Safurat said, “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.”
The deputy governorship candidate said Agbaje and she have come into the race at a time Lagosians longed to severe the shackles of subjugation which have bound them for 16 years.
Safurat’s bio-data reads: 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).