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.
Ayefele, said the source, 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, and others.