Meet Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour Labour Party (LP) gubernatorial candidate in Lagos state
Gbadebo Patrick Rhodes Vivour was born on the 8th of March 1983 (age 39) in Lagos State, Nigeria.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is the convener of Nigerians Against GMOs(NAG), an organization that advocates against the authorization or introduction of Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs) into Nigeria.
He has also been a frontrunner in advocating for the restoration of history in the school curriculum.
He delved into politics in 2007 when he contested for the Ikeja Local Government Chairmanship position under the umbrella of the KOWA party.
In 2019, he, however, clinched the party ticket to represent Lagos West senatorial district at the national assembly under the PDP.
He lost to Senator Adeola Olalekan (Yayi).
On the 10th of August 2022, Gbadebo emerged as the Labor Party’s aspirant for the Lagos State governor’s upcoming election after decamping from the PDP.
Chijoke Edeoga – Enugu
Meet Chijoke Edeoga LP gubernatorial candidate in Enugu state
The Supreme Court, in February 2023, declared Chijioke Edeoga as the authentic governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Enugu State.
He is a former commissioner for environment in Enugu state.
Patrick Dakum – Plateau
Meet Patrick Dakum, LP gubernatorial candidate in Plateau state
Dr. Patrick Dakum is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, Baltimore.
He trained as a medical doctor at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria and Lagos University Teaching Hospital where he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health.
His public health career has spanned through the telecommunication industry (NITEL), multilateral agencies (UNFPA), bilateral agencies implementing partners (AVSC, CEDPA, CIDA) and local NGOs (Help International). Dr. Dakum has also served as Commissioner for Health and Information in Plateau State Nigeria.
Alex Otti – Abia
Meet Alex Otti, LP gubernatorial candidate in Abia state
Alex C. Otti is a former CEO/Group Managing Director, Diamond Bank PLC.
Otti was born to the family of the late Pastor and Mrs. Lazarus Weze Otti at Umuru, Umuehim village in Ehi Na Uguru Ancient Kingdom, Isiala Ngwa South LGA of Abia State.
He had his secondary school education at Ngwa High School, Aba, and Secondary Technical School, Okpuala Ngwa in Abia State, where he finished as the best student in his set during the school certificate examinations.
Otti thereafter proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt for his university education, where he graduated with a First Class honors degree in economics in 1988.
Otti began his banking career in 1989 with the Nigerian International Bank, a subsidiary of Citibank New York, where he worked in the operations department.
After that, he moved to the then-Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Ltd. While at Intercontinental Bank, he worked in the treasury and financial services unit and the corporate banking division.
In 1992, he joined Societe Bancaire Nigeria Limited (Merchant Bankers), a subsidiary of Banque SBA Paris where he rose to the position of a senior manager. He moved on to the United Bank for Africa (UBA) as the principal manager overseeing the bank’s corporate banking sector for the entire South Division with the responsibility of growing the oil and gas business for the bank.
In May 2001, he joined First Bank of Nigeria, PLC as assistant general manager in May 2001 with the sole responsibility of growing the Energy Sector for the bank. In April 2004, he was promoted to the position of deputy general manager, and a year later was appointed executive director, commercial banking.
This was followed by a re-designation as the executive director south directorate, where he was responsible for over 140 branches in the country’s South-South and South Eastern geopolitical zones.
In March 2011, he moved from First Bank Nigeria PLC to Diamond Bank as group managing director/ chief executive officer and has led the bank through a major transformation.
Upon expiration of his first tenure, Diamond Bank renewed his tenure in March 2014 to an additional three years.
On October 24, 2014, Otti took voluntary retirement, and Uzoma Dozie became the new GMD and Bank CEO.
Ken Pela – Delta
Meet Ken Pela, LP governorship candidate in Delta state
Ken Pela is an economist, investment banker, and real estate developer.
He started his political career about 22 years ago when he contested for the position of local government chairman in Delta State.
Ibrahim Mshelia – Borno
Meet Ibrahim Mshelia, LP governorship candidate in Borno state
Capt. Ibrahim Mshelia, is a renowned aircraft pilot and aviation trainer.
He is the Chief Executive Officer of West Link Airlines
Tawfiq Akinwale – Oyo
Meet Tawfiq Akinwale, LP governorship candidate in Oyo state
Akinwale Tawfiq Tayo is the gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Oyo state. Despite the state party’s chapter endorsement of the incumbent governor, Seyi Makinde, Tawfiq insisted he is not stepping down for anyone.
Joseph Ewuga – Nasarawa
Meet Joseph Ewuga, LP governorship candidate in Nasarawa state
Engr. Joseph Ewuga is a seasoned contractor and the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Nasarawa state.
Beatrice Itubo – Rivers
Meet Beatrice Itubo, LP governorship candidate in Rivers state
Beatrice Itubo was born on Sunday, June 30, 1963 in the Capital city of Rivers State, Port Harcourt.
She is a proud mum of five amazing children.
Beatrice attended Amaigbo Primary and Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Harbour Road where she obtained her FSLC and SSCE, respectively.
Shortly after she proceeded to the College of Health Science & Technology and obtained Higher National Diploma in Environmental Health.
She is the Chairperson, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Rivers State Chapter.
Beatrice Itubo is the former Chairperson, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Rivers State Branch, former Treasurer, Nigeria Labour Congress (Rivers State).
Pioneer Board Member Primary Healthcare Management Board and a host of many other leadership positions in and outside Rivers State she has occupied.
Summary of Labour Party (LP) governorship candidates
- Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour – Lagos
- Chijoke Edeoga – Enugu
- Patrick Dakum – Plateau
- Alex Otti – Abia
- Ibrahim Mshelia – Borno
- Tawfiq Akinwale – Oyo
- Joseph Ewuga – Nasarawa
- Beatrice Itubo – Rivers