Jimi Agbaje

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Jimi Agbaje

Olujimi .K. Agbaje.jpg
Personal details
Born (1957-03-02) 2 March 1957 (age 61)
Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Political partyPeoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Spouse(s)Abiola Agbaje (née Bankole) (1982–present)
Alma materSt Gregory's College, Lagos
University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University)
OccupationPharmacist, Politician
Nickname(s)JK or Jay Kay

Olujimi Kolawole Agbaje (popularly known as Jimi Agbaje or JK; born March 2, 1957), is a Nigerian Pharmacist, and Politician. He was the 2015 PDP's Lagos State Governorship candidate, but he lost.[1][2][3] He is the 2019 Lagos State gubernatorial election candidate for PDP.

Early life[edit]

He was born on March 2, 1957 in Lagos State to late Chief Julius Kosebinu (Banker) and Mrs. Margaret Olabisi (teacher) Agbaje.[4] He is the second born and first male child of five children (two female and two male siblings) including Segun Agbaje, CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank.

Business career[edit]

In 1982, Jimi Agbaje founded his own company, JAYKAY Pharmaceutical and Chemical Company Limited and was Managing Director until 2005 when he decided to venture into politics.[5] A consummate professional, he was a member of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (1999–2006); National Secretary of the Nigerian Association of General Practice Pharmacists (NAGPP) from 1987 to 1990; National Chairman NAGPP (1990–1993) and Chairman Pharmaceutical society of Nigeria Lagos State (1994–1997). He was a member, Lagos State Task force on Fake and Adulterated Drugs (1989–1993), National Drug Formulary and Essential Drugs List (1986–1993) and Lagos Hospitals Management Board (1994–1997).[4] Jimi Agbaje also sits on the Board of other organizations including Oakwood Park Ltd, Atlantic Hall Secondary School Epe, Jimi Agbaje Outreach (a project dedicated to helping the less fortunate) and has served as business mentor at Fate Foundation.[6][7]

Jimi Agbaje answering questions at The Wheatbaker in 2019

Political life[edit]

In a 2013 interview with The Punch Newspaper, Agbaje talked about how he began in politics: "It had to do with the Moshood Abiola/Bashir Tofa presidential election", he said. "I saw the annulment as a personal insult and an assault on the Nigerian people. This led to my first entry into what I would call activism, working with other concerned professionals" such as Prof. Pat Utomi, Dr Ayo Ighodaro, Asue Ighodalo, Billy Lawson, Oby Ezekwesili, Tola Mobolurin and Hassan Odukale.[8][9] Jimi was in one form of resistance group or the other which ultimately led him to join the socio-political organization, Afenifere where he served as national treasurer.[10]

Based on his affiliation with Afenifere, Jimi Agbaje joined the Action Congress (AC) - his first political party. In 2007, Agbaje who had initially aspired to contest for the Governor of Lagos State on the platform of the Action Congress (AC) left the party to join the Democratic People's Alliance (DPA).[11] He was among the 11 aspirants that turned their back to the Action Congress (AC) when it was alleged that Governor Bola Tinubu had already anointed someone else to succeed him even before the party primaries.[12] Widely believed to have conducted the best campaign in 2007, Agbaje contested in gubernatorial election on the Democratic People's Alliance (DPA) platform, but eventually, alongside other major contenders - Musiliu Obanikoro of PDP, Femi Pedro of Labour Party (Nigeria) - lost to Babatunde Raji Fashola of the Action Congress (AC).[13]

He left DPA in 2011 and went on to join the ruling party, the People's Democratic Party, PDP[14] following the de-registration of DPA by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).[15] On October 29, 2014, he officially indicated his interest in giving the Lagos State gubernatorial elections another shot by picking up the PDP nomination form.[16] On 8 December 2014, it was reported that he emerged as the candidate of the People's Democratic Party, PDP for the 2015 Lagos State gubernatorial election, having defeated Musiliu Obanikoro in the primary. Musiliu Obanikoro is the former Minister of State for Defence who is also a member of the opposition party, People's Democratic Party, PDP.[17][18]

In October 2018, Jimi Agbaje secured the PDP's ticket to run for the office of the governor of Lagos state. He defeated Adedeji Doherty to secure the ticket. Jimi Agbaje will be running for the third consecutive time for the office of governor of Lagos state.

Official duties[edit]

He has held various professional positions. Among others are:

  • National Secretary Nigerian Association of General Practice (1987–1990)
  • National Chairman of Nigerian Association of General Practice Pharmacists (1990–1993)[19]
  • Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (1994–1997)
  • Chairman of the 1994 National Conference Planning committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria

Awards and fellowships[edit]

  • Merit Award Winner (MAW), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (Lagos State chapter)[20]
  • Fellow, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN)[citation needed]
  • Fellow, West African Post Graduate College of Pharmacists (FPCPharm)[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Abiola Agbaje (née Bankole), a lawyer. The couple met as students at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University and dated for eight years before getting married. They have three children; two boys and a girl.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lagos Celebrates Jimi Agbaje After Election Results".
  2. ^ "Jimi Agbaje wins PDP Lagos governorship ticket - P.M. NEWS Nigeria". pmnewsnigeria.com.
  3. ^ "Jimi Agbaje Joins PDP Ahead Of 2015 Gubernatorial Election In Lagos". SaharaReporters. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b "#4NL-4 New Lagos movement endorses Jimi Agbaje as Governor come 2015". bunmiodunowo.com.
  5. ^ "PDP Primary: Jimi Agbaje floors Obanikoro". persecondnews.com.
  6. ^ "Board of Directors". vigeoholdings.com.
  7. ^ "2015: AGBAJE UNSETTLES LAGOS.....as APC suffers major defections". paparazzipress.com.ng. Archived from the original on 2014-12-10.
  8. ^ a b "Politics changed my dress sense". punchng.com. Archived from the original on 2014-11-02.
  9. ^ "Jimi Agbaje must hear this". thenationonlineng.net.
  10. ^ "Party Chair speaks of alliances, security in Lagos". wikileaks.org.
  11. ^ "I can't be mole for Bola Tinubu or APC – Jimi Agbaje". vanguardngr.com.
  12. ^ "Nigeria: How DPA Will Shock PDP, AC in Lagos - Agbaje". allafrica.com.
  13. ^ "Femi Owolabi reports on how it went down at the Omojuwa moderated conversation with Jimi Agbaje". thescoopng.com.
  14. ^ "I joined PDP in 2011 not 2014, says Agbaje". dailyindependentnig.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09.
  15. ^ "INEC deregisters 28 political parties, Okotie, Balarabe Musa affected". premiumtimes.ng.com.
  16. ^ Olawale Kadir. "Lagos 2015: Jimi Agbaje picks up PDP nomination form, says APC lacks ideas". today.ng. Archived from the original on 2014-12-10.
  17. ^ "Jimi Agbaje emerges Lagos PDP guber candidate". citypeoplegroup.org.
  18. ^ "Nigeriatell.com". www.nigeriatell.com.
  19. ^ "Politics changed my dress sense –Jimi Agbaje". The Punch - Nigeria's Most Widely Read Newspaper. Archived from the original on 2014-11-02.
  20. ^ Isawande, Isa. "Countdown to 2019: Profile of the PDP Lagos governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje". PM nes. Retrieved 23 January 2019.

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