Ondo 2016: Eyitayo Jegede emerges PDP governorship candidate

The former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, has emerged the candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Ondo State governorship election.

He defeated Saka Lawal in the primaries by 760votes to 22 votes.

Mr. Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) resigned from Olusegun Mimiko’s cabinet on Friday, July 22, 2016 to pursue his governorship ambition in the November 2016 gubernatorial election.

The primaries held at the International Cultural and Event Centre (The Dome), Akure, on Monday.

Announcing the results, Chairman of the PDP Primary Election Committee for Ondo State(Makarfi-led faction) and the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, said Eyitayo won the party’s primary election by polling a total of 760 votes to defeat his main opponent Saka Lawal, who polled a total of 22 votes to take the second place.

Dickson said that 713 delegates were accredited for the primaries from a total delegates’ list of 840,

Eyitayo Jegede: A profile

Mr. Eyitayo is a member of the Council of Legal Education in Nigeria, and has served twice as the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, Yola State Chapter before his appointment by Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

He is a member of the 5-man implementation Committee that was saddled with the responsibility of establishing the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Adamawa State.

He has represented the state as a member of the Volleyball team at the intermediate level during the various National Sports Festivals at Kaduna in1977, Ibadan in 1979 where he won laurels for the State.

The senior lawyer was born to the family of late Chief Johnson Bosede, the Odopetu of Isinkan, Akure, and Mrs C.O Jegede (née Asokeji) from Ipele town, near Owo in Ondo State, Nigeria.

Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN. Photo Credit: metronija
Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN.
Photo Credit: metronija

Early Life and Education

Eyitayo attended St. Stephen’s “SA” Primary School Modakeke, Ile-Ife and was at Aquinas College Akure from 5 January 1973 to July 1978 for his Secondary Education.

He was a Senior Prefect at Aquinas College and took active part in Sports in the best traditions of the family. He had his Higher School Certificate Education at Christ School, Ado Ekiti, and was the School Volleyball Captain both at Aquinas College, Akure and Christ School, Ado Ekiti between 1978 and 1980.

He also captained the University Volleyball team at the University of Lagos where he had his Law Degree Course between 1980 and 1983.

After interesting years of Higher Education, he was posted to Yola, Adamawa State for his National Youth service Corps where he started his career as a legal practitioner.

Mr. Jegede, qualified as a lawyer in 1984, after the One Year mandatory programme at the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.



Being a dynamic and seasoned Lawyer, in the year 1992, he was appointed a Notary Public by the Chief Justice of Nigeria and in the space of less than 10 years was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

He was deeply and actively involved in political cases and election petition matters, an area of law where his industry and practice is noted and respected.

He worked in the law firm of Murtala Aminu & Co. Yola. After twelve years practice in the law firm, six years of which he was the Head of Chambers, he established his own law firm, Tayo Jegede & Co in 1996.

He was heading his law firm of Tayo Jegede & Co in Abuja and Yola before he was appointed as the Hon. Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in May 2009.

During his time as the Ondo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, the Ministry of Justice witnessed an unprecedented positive change in all ramifications.

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