Olukunle, Adelaja Emerged As NRM Candidates For Lagos East Senatorial District And Kosefe Constituency II Bye-Elections
The former General Manager, Public Affairs of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mautin Akin Olukunle, has joined the race for the Lagos East Senatorial District By-Election slated for October 31, 2020.
The National Rescue Movement, on which platform Olukunle is contesting, also announced the candidature of Mr. Adetayo Adelaja, another media practitioner, for the Kosofe Constituency II State By-election coming up on the same date.
The two candidates emerged at a direct primary election held on August 29, 2020 and attended by members of the party from Lagos East and Kosofe in compliance with the requirements of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Both candidates were returned unopposed in the exercise.
With over 25 years of Media/Public Relations practice, Olukunle is the publisher of Transglob-A, an aviation/transport magazine based in Lagos. He had earlier served an 18-year stint in The Guardian and The Punch newspapers before joining FAAN in 2007.
Olukunle, who is also a community leader and farmer based in Ibeju-Lekki, is committed to good and credible governance, socio-economic and political emancipation of the people, including the teeming youth in Lagos.
Olukunle is a 1990 graduate of Philosophy/English, Ogun State University, now Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Transport Studies, from the same university in 2002. He has attended many international conferences on journalism, security, aviation and transport in different parts of the world, including Africa, United States and Europe. He is a member of the National Union of Journalist and Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, among others.
Adelaja also graduated in 1991 from the Ogun State University, now Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye with a degree in Economics.
Adelaja, shortly after his national Youth Service, worked with some multi-national companies and joined The Guardian Newspaper as a Correspondent in 2000. In 2005, he was invited by The Sun Newspaper to start its Sport newspaper – SoccerStar- as Senior Correspondent.
In 2011, Adelaja joined the Nigerian Compass as the Head of Tourism, Travel and Hospitality. He joined the National Mirror as a Deputy Editor and headed its Special Investigations Unit in 2014. In 2015, he was invited alongside a team of media veterans to assist in reviving the Daily Times of Nigeria. He held the position of Online Editor of the newspaper. Two years after, he moved to the Leadership Newspaper, Abuja. He held the post of the Director, Digital Assets of the newspaper until 2020.
Adelaja has also contributed in setting up some other magazines and newspapers in the country.
He is currently into Public Relations practice, handling accounts of some major companies in both the public and private sectors.
The seats for the Lagos East, comprising Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Kosofe and Somolu local governments, and Kosofe Constituency became vacant following the demise of Senator Bayo Oshinowo and Hon. Tunde Buraimoh in June and July, 2020.