Ambitions and intentions are the exclusive rights and natural propensities and legitimate rights of any individual, especially when such ambitions and intentions are laden with sincerity and genuine sense of purpose.
To this end, and from all intents and purpose, the former Commissioner for Home Affairs in Lagos State, Dr. Abdulhakeem Abdullateef, and hitherto Special Adviser on Legislative Matters to the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has formally declared his intention to contest the state’s governorship seat come 2023, saying that the time has come for residents to experience the best of what Lagos could offer in all spheres of human endeavours.
He explained that the need for residents across the state to experience what Lagos could become when managed by good managers of human and resources necessitated his intention to lead the state and give Lagosians its pride of place in the management of their affairs.
Abdullateef, who was also former Amir Hajj of Lagos, said that his intention to contest was also a response to compulsive calls by Lagosians who had been following his trajectory in public offices, and found him worthy of leading the state to prosperity and enviable heights.
53 year-old Hon. (Dr.) AbdulHakeem Abdulateef boasts of a rich and solid pedigree as a good government strategist, an erudite lawyer, an Islamic scholar and a consummate politician. He is versatile, and as an Islamic cleric and preacher, he holds his congregation and listeners spell-bound when preaching.
He is a politician who has served in the Lagos State House of Assembly as a member, a Special Adviser to Governor Fashola on Legislative and Political Matters and also served as a commissioner for Home Affairs in the immediate past Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s cabinet. He is also a lawyer who holds a Ph.d in Law from the University of Lagos, to boot has spent 25 meritorious years at the bar.
As a true and bonafide indigenous Lagosian, Dr. AbdulHakeem grew up as an Awori boy in Idimu. He was brought up by his grandparents who were farmers. He attended Local Primary school, Idimu, after which he gained admission into Oregun High School in 1980, then moved to Ejigbo High School, Ejigbo. He also attended Methodist Boys High School, Lagos, where he did his HSC (Higher School Certificate) and had the best result of 14 points, that year. This meritoriously earned him admission into the University of Lagos to read Law.
As at press time, reports squealed that Dr. Abdulhakeem terminated his appointment as Special Adviser to the Speaker on the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, hours after launching the Iyepe Political Movement for 2023, a political group intended to actualise his governorship ambition.