Alhaji Lateef Jakande Biography, Age, Early Life, Family, Education, Career And Death

Alhaji Lateef Jakande

Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande was a Nigerian politician and journalist who served as the Governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983.

Upon leaving the seat, he got arrested by the then military government, who charged and prosecuted him of treason but later pardoned. He was later to become the Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime.
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Lateef Jakande Profile

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Full name: Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande
Born: 23rd July 1929
Died: 11th February 2021
Age: 91 years
Nationality: Nigerian
Education: Ilesha Grammar School
Spouse(s): Alhaja Abimbola Sikirat Jakande
Children: Deji Jakande, Olusegun Lateef-Jakande
Occupation: Journalist, politician
Religion: Muslim
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Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande Biography and Educational Background

Lateef Jakande was born on the 23rd of July, 1929 in the Epetedo area of Lagos Island, Lagos State. His parents hailed from Omu-Aran in Kwara State.

Jakande studied at the Lagos public school at Enu-Owa, Lagos Island, then at Bunham Memorial Methodist School, Port Harcourt.

He returned to King’s College, Lagos State to continue his Secondary School which he later completed at Ilesha Grammar School in 1945, where he edited a literary paper called The Quarterly Mirror. Two years after this, 1949 to be precise, he was through with his secondary education and thus, ventured into his dream career, Journalism, at the age of twenty.

Career and Politics

Lateef Jakande began his career as a journalist in 1949 with Daily Service. In 1953, he joined the Nigerian Tribune and by 1956, he got appointed as the editor-in-chief by Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the owner of Tribune.

Jakande established John West Publications shortly after he left The Nigerian Tribune and began to publish The Lagos News in the 1970s. Due to his eloquence and commitment, he was appointed the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).

Alhaji Lateef Jakande contested for Executive Governor of Lagos State in 1979 on the Unity Party of Nigeria platform. He defeated his opponents, Sultan Ladega Adeniji Adele of National Party of Nigeria and Adeniran Ogunsanya of NPP and was subsequently sworn in as governor.

He served as governor until 31st December 1983 when the military seized power. Following the military takeover, he was charged, prosecuted and convicted of treason, but later pardoned. After being freed, he got appointed as the Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime, a position that earned him some criticism.

Following the merge of UNPP and APP, Alhaji Lateef Jakande became a senior member of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). In June 2002, he got "suspended" by a faction of the ANPP loyal to Chief Lanre Razaq.

He became the first chairman of the Action Party of Nigeria (APN), a party that was formed in May 2009. In May 2009, he was reported to be engaged a struggle for control of the party with his former ally, Dr. Adegbola Dominic.

Personal Life

Alhaji Lateef Jakande was married to Alhaja Abimbola Sikirat Jakande and the union was blessed with children. His two children are very active in Lagos politics. One of them, Hon. Seyi Jakande is currently the Vice Chairman of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area of Lagos State while the other, Hon. Deji Jakande was a former House of Representatives member.

The former governor reportedly died on the 11th of February, 2021 at the age of 91.

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