The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the 2019 governorship election in Lagos, Jimi Agbaje has announced Haleemat Busari as his running mate for the contest in March.
A statement by the Director of Media and Publicity, Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation, Felix Oboagwina, said the PDP candidate picked Busari after due consultations with leaders and stakeholders within and outside the party.
Parts of the statement read “Mrs. Oluwayemisi Haleemat Busari came highly recommended and widely endorsed,” the statement said. “Stakeholders all agree that without any iota of doubt, the Jimi-Haleemat combination is a winning ticket on every count.
“Married to Teslim Olatunde Busari, SAN, Haleemat was born, 1964, to the family of the Late Ahmed Tijani Shehu Giwa, a businessman and Vice President of Jamatul Islamiyya of Nigeria from Epe, and the Late Mrs. Mujibat Abeni Mopelola Giwa (nee Shonibare), a princess of the Kosoko royal family from Isale Eko.”
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.
According to Obaoagwina, 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.
The statement said Busari will be bringing “her versatility and connections as a professional in corporate governance, and “as a Muslim activist” to the joint campaign ticket.