Governor Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first democratically elected Lagos died on Thursday morning at 91.
Here are ten things to know about the deceased:
· Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande was born July 23, 1929 in the Epetedo area of Lagos Island, Lagos.
· He studied at a Lagos public school at Enu-Owa, Lagos Island then at Burnham Memorial Methodist School, Port Harcourt. He then enrolled at Ilesha Grammar School in 1945 where he edited a literary paper called The Quarterly Mirror.
· Jakande began a career in journalism in Daily Times in 1949 before he joined the Nigerian Tribune in 1953 where he rose to become the Editor-in-Chief.
· He became Lagos governor from 1979 to 1983 on the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).
· He established 23 local government councils while he was Governor. They were later disbanded by the military.
· After the military take-over in 1983, Jakande was charged, prosecuted and convicted of treason, although later he was pardoned.
· He left Tribune in 1975 and established John West Publications on whose platform he published The Lagos News.
· He was the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).
· He later became member of different political parties at different times, including All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and Action Party of Nigeria(APN).
· He was happily married to Alhaja Abimbola Sikirat and survived by children.