Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has chosen a trained teacher and an accountant, Alhaja Safurat Olayinka Abdulkarim, to run with Mr. Jimi Agbaje, its gubernatorial candidate in the 2015 gubernatorial race.
A staunch Moslem, who was running mate to the late Engr Funso Williams, PDP gubernatorial candidate for Lagos in 2003. Mrs Abdulkarim is wife of a retired Air Force officer and holds an MBA.
In a press statement by Agbaje’s Media Director, Felix Oboagwina, Mrs Abdulkarim said she would complement her principal, and assist in ushering into Lagos a refreshing atmosphere, devoid of state-brewed intimidation and human rights abuses.
She said: “I feel humbled to be chosen for this noble responsibility. Mr. 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.”
Describing PDP’s chances in the governorship polls as very bright, Mrs Abdulkarim said she and 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.
She added: “Everybody is tired of All progressives Congress, APC, government, which has demonstrated much impunity.
Citizens want a change in government. 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 and harassment, characteristics that earmark the current administration.”
Born June 23, 1961 to the Muslim family of Mr. Abdulmananu Mofolorunsho Layode and Mrs. Risikat Ayinke Layode, Mrs Abdulkarim has her roots in the indigenous Egun and Awori extractions of Lagos.