Eyitayo Jegede, a senior advocate of Nigeria, on Friday, July 22, 2016, resigned his appointment as the attorney general and justice commissioner of Ondo State after over seven years of “meritorious service,” in order to pursue his governorship ambition in the November gubernatorial election.

Mr. Jegede handed in his resignation at the Alagbaka government office in Akure.

John Paul Akinduro, the digital media assistant to the governor, made this known to newsmen through a statement emailed to The Trent on Friday.

“After over seven years of meritorious service to his fatherland as Attorney General and Justice Commissioner in Ondo State, Barrister Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) has resigned his appointment to pursue his governorship ambition in the November gubernatorial election,” the statement said.

Akinduro added that “his exit is to enable him focus more on his desire to seek higher office in service of his people which will obviously demand a lot of energy, time and sacrifice,” noting that Jegede had “effectively and efficiently represented the interest of the state.”

The statement also highlighted his achievements while in office.

“Notable achievements of his stay in office include supervision of the review and publication of Laws of Ondo State, the first since the inception of the sunshine state, signing into law the Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2015 by Governor Olusegun Mimiko as prepared by the Ministry of Justice in addition to other novel measures that have helped revolutionalized administration of justice

“He thanked his boss, Governor Olusegun Mimiko and the people of Ondo state for the unique opportunity to serve, noting that his stint in office enabled him to work in various sub-committees of the State Executive Council and effectively and efficiently represented the interest of the State in various Boards as directed by Mr. Governor.” The statement concluded.

It has been rumoured that Eyitayo Jegede is the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, preferred candidate for the forthcoming Ondo gubernatorial election.

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