Embattled Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Yinka Ayefele Music House, Yinka Ayefele has explained why he and his team decided to reconcile with Governor Abiola Ajimobi led Oyo State Government after the controversial demolition of his property on Sunday.
Recall that pictures of Ayefele meeting with the Oyo State Governor at the Government House on Thursday went viral.
Shortly after, another picture of some members of staff of Ayefele’s Music House prostrating to the governor also went viral.
The ace musician who spoke on Friday in an exclusive interview with TNG through his publicist, David Ajiboye said some elders in the reconciliation meeting prevailed on the staff to prostrate to Ajimobi.
He however insisted that the demolished building did not contravene any building plan/law as made to believe.
Recall that the demolished building houses Ayefele’s Fresh FM, Studio and other business outfits. It is valued at N800m. It was partially bulldozed on Sunday morning.
In his words: “I was at the meeting and it was agreed that the State Government should set up a committee to look into the issue. We presented our papers and they said we don’t have the C of O, we gave them and they confirmed that the C of O was genuine. They said we don’t have the approved plan for the building, we gave them the approved plan which was approved since 2008.
All the allegations were resolved during the meeting and they confirmed it themselves.
Ajiboye also hinted that the state government expressed willingness to compensate the company and also advised that they present another building plan.
“When that was resolved, they said we should come up with a new building plan that they would approve and they are going to compensate us.
I was the one that prostrated with Isaac Brown and the younger brother of the chairman .The governor was talking to me was actually lashing at me that I was behind everything , that I was the one abusing him in the papers and sending press releases.
As an elderly person we had to prostrate and beg him. We didn’t go there to beg them. The meeting was brokered by a leading gubernatorial aspirant in the state.”
Ajiboye further explained that the motive of honouring the governor’s invitation was not to beg as the deed had already being done. He noted that government had to agree to the meeting as the demolition was already taking a negative toll on the Ajimobi led Oyo State Government.
“They called for the meeting because the demolition has really given them a bad image. So they are looking for something to redeem their image, the deed had been done, so why should we be begging him.”
Appreciating the fans for their support while the crisis lasted, Ajiboye said: “We thank the fans of Yinka Ayefele for their support. Yesterday when we got there, we showed them all the evidences we have and it was resolved. It shows that we are law abiding , if we had done anything wrong, there won’t be any basis for peace-making. Their government lost credibility and they were even called from Abuja to caution them. The commissioner confirmed it yesterday that the Vice President called him and the Commisioner called him.”