Biography of Eyitayo Jegede (SAN)

Eyitayo Jegede 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. He is the fifth of the seven children. The eldest is Mrs. Christianah Esho, a retired public servant now resident in United Kingdom; the second is Mrs. Mojisola Alex-Adedipe, a retired Nurse who was at some point also a Supervisory Councilor for Health in the Akure Local Government under Governor Adebayo Adefarati’s government.

Eyitayo Jegede attended St. Stephen’s “SA” Primary School Modakeke, and proceeded to 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's 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 completing his Higher Education, he was posted to Yola, Adamawa State for his National Youth service Corps where he started his career as a legal practitioner.

In the year 1984, Mr. Jegede, qualified as a lawyer 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 took his previous appointment as Chief Law Officer in Ondo State.

In May 2009, the dynamic Governor of Ondo State in his quest for a vibrant, dynamic and very articulate number one law officer of the state, appointed this Legal icon as the Hon. Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice. Since his appointment as the number one law officer of the state, the Ministry of Justice has witnessed an unprecedented positive change in all ramifications.

Jegede is a former Chancellor of Anglican Communion of Jalingo, Taraba State, he was once the Chancellor of Anglican Dioceses of Yola and a member of Implementation Committee of American University, Yola, Adamawa State, as well as a member, Chairman Board of Governors, ABTI Academy International School and member, Board of Trustees, Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo-State.

Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, has since 2009 been entrusted by his colleagues, the Attorney General of 36 States in the federation, with the responsibility of Chairman of Body of Attorney General in the States of the Federation where he coordinates the activities of his colleagues in the country.

Mr. Jegede, SAN, is a member of the Council of Legal Education in Nigeria, the body responsible for setting standards for legal education in Nigeria. Again, by the virtue of his office as Attorney General of Ondo State, he had been a member of Body of Benchers for some years, the body responsible for the call to bar of successful law students.

Mr. Jegede, SAN, had served twice as the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association in Yola. He has a deep interest in the Education sector. He was a member of the 5 man implementation Committee that was saddled with the responsibility of establishing the American University of Nigeria, an American styled University based in Yola, Adamawa State. He served as the pioneer Secretary of the Board of Trustees working with prominent Nigerians and foreigners alike in the Governing Board of the University, and providing the policy guidelines and regulations for the University.

Political career

Eyitayo emerged the winner of his party’s PDP primary by polling 760 votes to defeat the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the PDP in the 2012 governorship election, Hon. Saka Lawal. On November 23, 2016, The Appeal Court pronounced Mr Eyitayo Jegede as the gubernatorial flag bearer of his party, PDP. A position previously assumed by the billionaire and business mogul, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim. Eyitayo emerged the flag bearer of PDP Governorship Primary for Ondo State October 2020 election with a poll of 888 votes, he defeated the Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi who emerged the second runner-up with 657 votes.

In conclusion, Eyitayo is a passionate philanthropist and community friendly public officer that identifies with the lowly in society. Many refer to him as accessible and affable. A deeply religious man, Mr. Jegede is of the Anglican Communion. He had served as the Chancellor of two Dioceses in the North, the Diocese of Jalingo, Taraba State and Diocese of Yola, Adamawa State.

Mr. Jegede is a team player with a strong sense of character, propelled by vision to improve on the life of the common man.

A very patriotic, loyal and dedicated public officer with friends across political, ethnic and religious groups.



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