The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Monday, appointed Ifedayo Abegunde, as the Secretary to the State Government.
Olusegun Ajiboye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, announced this in Akure on Monday.
Mr. Abegunde was a two-term member of the House of Representatives, representing Akure North and South Constituency.
He was first elected in 2003 and later in 2011. But just before his second term ended, he was sacked by the Supreme Court for switching from the Labour Party to the Action Congress of Nigeria, the precursor of the All Progressives Congress. He had joined the ACN in 2012.
In 2015, he contested for the senatorial seat of his new party, but lost to the incumbent, Tayo Alasoadura, at the party primary.
He was the deputy director-general of the Akeredolu Campaign in the senatorial district in the run-up to the governorship election.
Mr. Abegunde was born on May 5, 1955. He had his secondary education in Oyemekun Grammar School in Akure between 1967 and 1971.
He subsequently had tertiary education at Florida University in the United States (1980-1984) and Morgan State University, in Baltimore, Maryland, also in the United States between 1985 and 1987.
Other appointments are those of Olugbenga Ale, as Chief of Staff and Jones Ogunmusire, Senior Special Assistant (SSA), (Administration and Policy Planning).
Mr. Ale is a former permanent secretary in the state civil service and is an alumnus of the University of Ilorin, where he studied public administration.
He had his secondary education in New Church Grammar School in Owo, the hometown of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Mr. Akeredolu also appointed Taofeek Abdusalam, SSA , Legislative Matters; Kunle Adebayo, SSA , Research and Documentation; Raheem Aminu, SSA , Infrastructure; Doyin Odebowale, SSA, Special Duties and Strategy.
Tosin Ogunbodede was appointed Chief of Protocol and Bola Alabi, Deputy Chief of Protocol.
“All the appointments take immediate effect,” Mr. Ajiboye said.