PDP: No Lagos governor has surpassed Jakande’s achievements

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Jakande, who ruled the state from 1979 to 1983, died on Thursday at the age of 91.

He is reputed to have initiated sweeping reforms in education and infrastructure while he was Lagos governor.

Reacting to his death in an interview with NAN, Gani Taofik, Lagos PDP publicity secretary, said Jakande’s legacies are unparalleled.

He added that Jakande was selfless in service, and suggested that every February 11 be declared as a public holiday in the state to honour him.

“What a very wrong time for such a man to die! We still need him very greatly, especially in this democracy. He was the kind of person that should be on ground to really guide all leaders in the country, not only in Lagos state,” Taofik said.

“All his achievements in Lagos have never been met or surpassed. Unfortunately, in Lagos state, we have not had any governor whose performance was near Alhaji Lateef Jakande’s performance.

“So, the challenge is only for those who are either serving now or who will be serving to try to see how to surpass Lateef Jakande’s feats.

“All politicians must pray to be like LKJ (Lateef Kayode Jakande) for them to enjoy peace after service. Alhaji Lateef Jakande was not materialistic or ambitious, which made him to achieve all he achieved.

“The problem we have now is ambition without vision. Most political office holders get to the office with the mind of going higher to the next position. We will so miss him.

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“He must be immortalised greatly for the unborn children beyond naming a school after him. Jakande made Lagos state what it is today. He lived well.”

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