AKUREâ€”GOVERNOR Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State and the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Akure chapter yesterday lauded the appointment of Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN, as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, AGF, and described it as a round peg in a round hole.
Speaking through his Information Commissioner, Mr. Ranti Akerele, the governor said the â€œstate government congratulates the new AGF and wish him well in his new assignment.
Mimiko said: â€œAs a government, we have no doubt that given his (Kayode) pedigree and status, he is eminently qualified to occupy the position and make Ondo State proud.
â€œThe people of Ondo State have always been known as people that will champion any cause that is honest, true and righteous. We pray that he will continue to serve Nigeria in the true tradition of the Ondo statesmanâ€.
Also, the Akure Chapter of the NBA in a statement by the PRO; Mr. Rotimi Olorunfemi, said the incessant friction between the NBA and office of the AGF which had characterized the tenure of the former occupier of the office would be a thing of the past.
Olorunfemi said â€œKayodeâ€™s appointment cannot come at a better time when the nation is in critical need of an experienced legal pointâ€™s man that will chart a legal parth for the nation.
â€œAnd with Kayodeâ€™s wealth of experience as quintessential Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a foremost bar man, being a former first ViceÂ President of NBA, he is no doubt well endowed and equipped for the top job.
A leader of the PDP in the state, Mr Muyiwa Asagunla said the acting President Goodluck Jonathan read the mind of the nation correctly when he moved Kayode from his former office to that of AGF.
Asagunla, a former Senior Special Assistant to Olusegun Agaguâ€™s government said the AGF would perform better than his previous offices.
He described Kayode as pride not only to Ondo State and Akokoland, his place of birth, but to the country.
The former Senior Special Assistant to the former governor said, â€œhe was good as minister of culture, better as minister of labour and now the acting president has put him where he will do what he knows best especially computerization of the legal profession.â€