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A close up on Jimi Agbaje, the PDP governorship candidate in Lagos State

Olujimi Kolawle Agbaje, a.k.a Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), governorship candidate in Lagos State, was born on March 2, 1957, in Lagos to late Chief Julius Kosebinu and Mrs. Margaret Olabisi Agbaje.

Jimi Agbaje

Jimi Agbaje

His father was a banker while his mother was a teacher.  He is the second child of his parent’s five children of three males and two females.  One of his brothers is Mr. Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of GTBank Nigeria Plc.

Jimi Agbaje had his secondary education at St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos, before he moved to University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, Osun State to read Pharmacy.

In 1982, when he was just 25, he set up his own company, Jaykay Pharmaceutical and Chemical Company Limited and was the managing director till 2005, when he decided to venture into politics.  Today, he is a director in other companies such as Oakwood Park Ltd., and Atlantic Hall Secondary School, Epe.

Jimi Agbaje started his political career in the 90s when he became the Treasurer of Afenifere, a socio-political organization that was in the forefront of the actualization of June 12, 1993 annulled election.

The socio-political organization, Afenifere was the harbinger of Alliance for Democracy (AD), the political party that won elections in all the South West states in 1999.

When a faction of AD broke away to form Action Congress (AC) in 2006, Jimi Agbaje was part of the new faction.  In 2007, he sought to be the governor of Lagos State on the platform of the Action Congress (AC). He left AC, when it was glaring the leadership of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu had given the governorship ticket to Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN).

He left the party (AC) to join Democratic People’s Alliance (DPA), another break away of Alliance for Democracy (AD) to contest the 2007 governorship election in Lagos State.

He came distant third after the eventual winner, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) of Action Congress (AC) and Senator Musiliu Obanikoro of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He did not contest for any post in 2011.  In 2012, it was rumoured that he was going to contest for the Lagos governorship ticket again but this time around on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He eventually declared his intention in 2013 and on December 8, 2014, he won the party’s ticket after defeating Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

Mr. Jimi Agbaje is married to Mrs. Abiola Agbaje (nee Bankole), a lawyer and the mother of his three children – two males and a female.

They met during their days at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State and courted for eight years before they got married in 1982.

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