GOVERNOR ABIOLA AJIMOBI OF OYO STATE HAS MET WITH VETERAN GOSPEL SINGER YINKA AYEFELE AT THE AGODI GOVERNMENT HOUSE, OVER HIS MUSIC HOUSE DEMOLITION IN IBADAN.
The two-level peace meeting was reportedly facilitated by
a top governorship aspirant in the All Progressives Congress
(APC), Mr Joseph Tegbe.
At the first level of the meeting, it was gathered the governor
directed that a new building accommodating the additional parts
of the building be approved for Ayefele immediately,
Tribune Online reports.
The ace gospel singer’s architect is to liaise with officials in
the department of physical planning to work out the modalities
and the approval, while the fence of the building would be
moved back a few metres.
The governor, it was gathered, also expressed willingness
to ensure financial compensation to Ayefele, with the
terms of the recompense to be discussed at a later meeting
between the governor and the proprietor of the station.
But the peaceful atmosphere that governed the first round of the meeting involving the governor gave way, as Ayefele and Arulogun were left to hold the second layer of the meeting.
Ayefele, a source said, was angered when the commissioner
requested the management of Fresh F.M to be part of the
“action plan” to redeem his image, that of the governor and
the APC as part of the resolution of the matter.
An infuriated Ayefele was said to have rejected the request,
saying Fresh F.M did not create the image problem and would
not be part of its redemption.
The source said, Ayefele wondered why the commissioner would
be concerned about his image without considering the effect of
the colossal loss to him and his staff.
He specifically accused Arulogun of goading the governor
to carry out the demolition, instead of deploying his
capacity to prevent demolition and the crisis that followed.
It was, however, unanimously agreed that hostilities and
social media war between both the government and the
radio station should end.
With the governor and Ayefele at the meeting were the
Information Commissioner, Toye Arulogun; KPMG senior
partner, Tegbe; the Director, Corporate Affairs of
Yinka Ayefele Nigeria Limited, Mr David Ajiboye;
anchor of Fresh F.M’s Political Circuit, Mr Isaac Brown,