Home Affairs Commissioner in Lagos State, Dr AbdulHakeem Mobolaji AbdulLateef, emerged the winner of the 2018 Lagos Man of the Year (LASMAYA) award just as he gracefully declared all contestants as winner.
AbdulLateef, who is the state Amirul Hajj polled 41,415 out of the 53,893 total votes to beat eight other contestants.
The feat is unprecedented in the history of the Award.
While expressing his gratitude to Almighty Allah, the commissioner dedicated the Award to God, to all Lagosians and his supporters Worldwide.
“We are all winners together,” AbdulLateef declared.
The Renaissance reports that the annual award is the tenth edition of LASMAYA, which started in 2008. The award was, however, not held in 2010.
The 2018 contest of was unprecedented in every respect as it recorded the highest number of participation.
The 2017 edition was won by Dr Adebola Ismail Akindele with a total votes of 3,324.
The former Deputy Governor, Mrs Adejoke Adefulire won the Award in 2009 with a vote of 6,325, the highest scored by individual nominee before 2018.
The contest was in form of text message of a predetermined message, with the name of the preferred contestant to 07085850077
Voting started at 7.00 am on Monday, Sept. 3, and closed at 11.00 pm on Sunday Sept. 9. 2018.
Many people interviewed since the release of the result, confirmed that the winner of this year Edition, AbdulLateef, indeed deserving of the award.
They described the commissioner as a man of the people, who “loves and respects all, irrespective of social status, religion, age, ethnic and gender considerations”.
They affirmed that he had won many awards for Lagos, especially in Muslim and Christian Pilgrim operations.
By Oluwashina Iyanda