One of the commissioners serving with the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Abdullateef Raji is dead. Raji, 54, died in the early hours of Monday of an undisclosed ailment.
The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed sadness over the death. Ambode, in a statement by his chief press secretary, Habib Aruna, described the late Raji as a seasoned media strategist who was always committed to serve in any capacity he found himself.
“Raji in no small way contributed to the success of the last local government elections in Lagos where he served as one of the LASIEC Commissioners. He was ever committed to contribute his quota in any office he was appointed to serve.
“His demise has come as a rude shock to us as he died in the line of duty. He was a brilliant scholar and an astute writer of repute, who used his pen to enhance the narrative of rule of law and democracy in Nigeria.
“On behalf of my family and the people of Lagos state, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Lateef Raji on this great and irreparable loss. He will be sorely missed”, Ambode said.
Before his appointment as LASIEC commissioner in 2016, Raji had served in the immediate past administration of former Governor Babatunde Fashola, as special adviser on information and strategy between 2011 and 2015.