Jakande, ex-Lagos governor, passes on

Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, aka Baba Kekere, the man who brought a lot of development to Lagos as governor between October 1, 1979 and December 31, 1983, in line with the five cardinal programmes of the Unity Party of Nigeria founded by a former Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, has passed on.

Jakande, aged 91, was the last man standing among the progressive politics gladiators of the second republic featuring Obafemi Awolowo; leader and founder of the Unity Party Party of Nigeria, Bola Ige, Adekunle Ajasin, Ambrose Alli and Olabisi Onabanjo who were governors of the UPN.

Incumbent Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, confirmed the passage of the elder statesman in a statement.

He wrote, “With gratitude to God for a worthy life well spent in the service of Lagos State, Nigeria and humanity, I announce the death of a venerable statesman, outstanding politician, public administrator and the first Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande.

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