Ahead of the forthcoming 2019 general elections, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has announced a top banker who is currently a director at First Bank, Mrs. Haleemat Busari, as his running mate.
The development was made public in an announcement by the Director of Media and Publicity, Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation, Felix Oboagwina, who described stated that Busari’s was picked after due consultations with leaders and stakeholders within and outside the party.
According to him; “Mrs. Oluwayemisi Haleemat Busari came highly recommended and widely endorsed. Stakeholders all agree that without any iota of doubt, the Jimi-Haleemat combination is a winning ticket on every count.”
A law graduate from the University of Lagos, Busari sits as a Director on the board of several blue-chip companies.
She was formerly a director in Zain Nigeria Ltd (now Airtel Nigeria, a leading telecommunications company) and a serving director in First Bank, Sierra Leone.
Describing her qualities, Oboagwina said; “Busari obtained her first degree in English from the University of Ilorin in 1986 and also a Law degree from the University of Lagos in 1990. She also obtained an MBA from the Lagos Business School in 2005.
“Busari was called to Bar in 1991 and began her legal career in 1992 when she joined the Irving and Bonnar/Bentley Edu law firm in Lagos and rose to the position of a Senior Associate, before leaving to join the Honeywell Group in 1999 as Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, where she rose to be Head, Group Legal and Regulatory Affairs of the Nigerian conglomerate.”
He noted that Busari will be bringing “her versatility and connections as a professional in corporate governance, and “as a Muslim activist” to the joint campaign ticket.