Former Secretary to the Oyo State Government and gubernatorial candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Chief Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli and one Mr Joseph Olaitan were conspicuously absent at the inauguration of the Governor Advisory Council by Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Friday.
Governor Advisory Council which was inaugurated at the EXCO’s Chamber of the Governor’s office, Agodi, Ibadan was part of the strategies by Governor Makinde aimed at enhancing effective governance in the state.
It could be recalled that Governor Makinde announced the composition of the Council on June 11th through a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa.
Those who were present at the inauguration of 10 member Advisory Council include the former Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Hosea Ayoola Agboola as the Chairman while other members were the former Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Mulika Akande Adeola; Chief Jacob Adetoro.
Others were Governorship candidate Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the State, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), Hon. Kamil Akinlabi; Senator Monsura Sunmonu; Chief Gboyega Laoye and Prof. Kolapo Hamzat.
Speaking on the reason he was not present at the inauguration, Alli said he was absent because he traveled to Abuja since Wednesday and was only on his way back to Ibadan when the inauguration took place.
He maintained that Governor Makinde was a witness to his travelling as they were on the same flight to Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, “I have been in Abuja for the past two days. In fact, I went in the same flight with the governor. I had a programme there. I just got to Lagos and will be coming to Ibadan now. And that was why I was absent”.
Asked if his absence was tantamount to a rejection of his nomination, Alli replied, “Have I made any comment to say I have rejected the nomination? The truth is that I was not around”.
In his remark, Governor Makinde noted that the establishment of the Council was aimed at ensuring that the government tap from the wealth of experience of elders and opinion moulders in the state and not politically motivated at anytime.
According to him, “the 10 member Advisory Council is the first of its kind in the state and the main objective of the council is to advise the government from time to time on policy implementation of developmental programmes.
Makinde however, urged the Advisory Council to be up and doing in the task given to them and be readily available when there is need for expert advice.
In his remark, Chairman of the Council, Hosea Ayoola Agboola pledged that the Council will be advising the governor with the fear of God.