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2023: Funke Akindele presents WASSC certificate

No fewer than 16 parties and governorship candidates are contesting for the governorship election in Lagos in the March 11, 2023 election, according to the…

No fewer than 16 parties and governorship candidates are contesting for the governorship election in Lagos in the March 11, 2023 election, according to the list released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday.

The list showed the particulars of each of the candidates and their running mate including their age and educational qualifications.

The running mate to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and popular Nollywood artist, Akindele Ayotunde Olufunke aged 44 submitted only First School Leaving Certificate (FLSC) and West Africa Senior School Certificate (WASSC) to the INEC as her educational qualifications.

The PDP governorship candidate, Adediran Azeez Olajide, 44, presented FSLC, WASSC and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) certificates.

The list pasted at the notice board of INEC in Lagos along Birrel Yaba also included Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour as the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate.

Controversy had initially dogged his emergence as the governorship candidate of the state as “the suspended Chairman” of the party, Mr. Ifagbemi Awamaridi claimed he is the authentic candidate of the party.

Awamaridi had dragged Labour Party (LP) and INEC to court to seek an injunction restraining the defendants from replacing him as the governorship candidate.

Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, 39, was listed among 15 other governorship candidates with the INEC publication indicating that he is contesting with First School Leaving Certificate and a degree. He is the youngest among them. His running mate is Oyefusi Abiodun Adetola.

The incumbent Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, 57, is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), contesting with First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC), BSc. and MBA while his running mate is Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, also aged 57 and contesting with Primary School certificate, WASC, Bsc., Msc. and PhD.

Only Hamzat, the current Deputy Governor presented PhD, being the highest qualification any candidate would present.

Other parties contesting for the governorship of the state include Accord Party with Dickson Hakeem Olaogun as candidate; AA (Balogun Tope Abdulrazaq); AAC (Olayiwola Hakeem Olajide, ADC (Doherty Olufunsho Adeshina), ADP (Bamidele Ishola); APM (Kupoliyi Funmilayo), APP(Adeyemi Abiola Roseline), BP (Oluwo Olawale Wasiu), NNPP(Jim-Kamal Olanrewaju Olalekan), NRM (Braithwaite Akinwumi Ishola), SDP(Uthman Olakunle Taofeek), YPP (Ajayi Wasiu Adebayo) and ZLP has Adenipebi Mode Adekunle as candidate.