All Progressives Congress ( APC, Lagos State Chapter), has described the death of the veteran journalist and first civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, as a colossal loss to not only to the progressives family but to the state and Nigeria as a whole.
The party, in a statement issued by its State Publicity Secretary, Hon Seye Oladejo, on Thursday said the landmark achievements of Jakande in his era as governor of the state remain enduring legacies in memory.
Lagos APC added that the first civilian governor died at a time his rich experience would have been handy to resolve national challenges.
The party added ” The Lagos State All Progressives Congress mourns the passage of the elder statesman, an administrator per excellence and the first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande.
” His passage at this time is a colossal loss not only to the progressive family but also the entire state and our nation in general.
“His landmark achievements as an astute administrator in the governance of Lagos State in the areas of education, housing, health-care and social infrastructure remain enduring legacies in his memory.
“His demise at this trying time in the history of our nation when his rich experience would’ve been handy to resolve our national challenges is regrettable.
“We pray that Almighty Allah will forgive his short-comings, grant him eternal rest and the entire family, immediate and political, the fortitude to bear the great loss”, said Lagos APC.
Recall that Alhaji Lateef Jakande died early hours of Thursday in his home at Ilupeju, Lagos.
Jakande was first civilian Governor of Lagos between 1979 to 1983 under the political platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). He retired from journalism as the Editor of Nigerian Tribune.