Barely few weeks to the primaries of the All People’s Congress (APC) to choose its flag bearer for the Lagos governorship election that’ll take place in February next year, there seems to be an unlimited spring of surprises from the party faithful especially those who desire to take over from Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola.
Until now, many had thought that those who have shown interest in the race to the Alausa Ikeja government seat like Sen. Ganiu Slomon, Akinwunmi Ambode, Kadiri Hamsat, Adeyemi Ikuforiji and Dr. Leke Pitan will be the ones to slug it out eventually at the planned primaries of the party slated for November. Unpredictably, while many are still thinking about where the arrow will point to in the long run, many others have now joined the contest officially. Those who have signified interest to run include Ayo Gbeleyi, Tayo Ayinde, Kayode Opeifa And Olasupo Shasore.
Not only that these individuals have shown interest, they have also collected the form which came as rude shock to some of the party loyalists.
It may interest you that out of all the contestants, it is Senator Ganiu Olanrewaju Solomon that has been working underground to achieve his dream, others simply went to slumber thinking they’ll commence sensitization only if they get the blessing of the Lion of Bourdillon. But, that changed recently when the party agreed on the need to have a primary to determine who gets the ticket in November.
Now that many are thinking of limited participants, some others have joined the race.
The following are the profile of the new entrants in to the contest:
Ayo is the Honorable Commissioner for Finance and pioneer Director-General of the Lagos State Office of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), the Agency driving the Government-to-Business (G2B) collaboration anchor policy thrust for the acceleration of infrastructure delivery.
He has had over a decade of distinguished banking career in senior positions of cross-functional responsibilities in financial advisory services, corporate finance, treasury and risk management, financial control and banking operations. He was a Co-Partner with African Advisors and was also Chief Treasury Officer, Celtel Nigeria Limited. In his early career, he worked with NBC Plc. and was Treasurer at the former Guardian Express, Lead Merchant and Marina International Banks. He has served a member of the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) Plc Audit Committee, Chairman, Audit Committee as well as Member of the Forex Committee of Money Market Association of Nigeria (MMAN), now Financial Market Dealers Association.
Ayo is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School, the London Business School, and Lagos Business School and holds an MBA from the International Graduate School of Management, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain
Born Lagos, Nigeria, admitted to Nigerian bar 1987, admitted to the inner bar in 2006 as Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). Education: University of Ife, Nigeria [LL.B], 1986; University of Lagos, [LL.M International Law] 1990. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, FCI.Arb [London]. Work: Olisa Chukura, SAN 1987, Burke Co. 1988-1990, R.O. Akinjide & Co. 1990, Ajumogobia, Okeke, Oyebode & Aluko 1991-1992, Ajumogobia & Okeke 1993, Partner Ukiri & Shasore 1993-1999, Partner, Ajumogobia & Okeke since 1999. Notary Public for Nigeria. Member: Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Attorney General and commissioner for Justice (Lagos State, Nigeria) 2007-2011. Chairman Arbitration and ADR committee of the section of Business Law of NBA. Mr. Shasore is a Notary Public for Nigeria, supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association; Editor of Commercial Law Reports Nigeria. Shasore is a co-author of recently published Commercial Arbitration Law and International practice in Nigeria (LexisNexis 2012). Shasore was a speaker in the session on Public perception of Lawyers in International Bar Association conference held in Dublin 20
Mr Kayode Opeifa is the Honourable Commissioner for Transport, Lagos State A seasoned technocrat, a human rights activist, a former university don and an ebullient politician, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, who hails from Orile-Agege, was born in Surulere, Lagos State.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ilorin and a Master’s degree also in Biochemistry with a major in Toxicology. He obtained an MBA in Marketing Management from the Lagos State University
He was the Vice President, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in Nigeria (CDHR) from 1988- 1989 and became its Lagos State Chairman in 1992. He was a lecturer in Chemical Sciences at the Lagos state University (LASU) from 1990-1997. At LASU he was an astute member of the ASUU LASU and served as ex-officio from 1990 to 1995 when he became the Vice chairman.
He has worked with Motorola Inc., Abbot Laboratories, Endorex Inc/Dor Biopharma and American Pharmaceutical Partners Inc. In 2006 he was appointed the Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Transportation and was subsequently appointed the Honourable Commissioner for Transport.
Tayo Ayinde was the former Chief Detail to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, he is believed to be behind the planning and execution of the day to day living of Asiwaju that turned him to an almost invisible man in the eyes of friends and foes. a retired SSS officer who has since gone into hospitality busineess. Tayo owns the gigantic Infinity Hotel behind Jabita hotel in Ikeja the heart of Lagos