IBADAN – Popular singer, Yinka Ayefele, has reacted after pictures of him purportedly begging the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, went viral on Friday.
Ayefele met with the Governor on Thursday, after the State Government partially demolished the singer’s music house last Sunday.
The demolition sparked public outcry, and on Thursday, the governor set up a meeting with the singer, his younger brother and his publicist.
Ayefele gave details of the meeting through his publicist, David Ajiboye thus:
“On Thursday, we were at a meeting organised by the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria at Golden Tulip when we got a call from one of the governorship aspirants in the state. He told us that the governor would like to see us. I was at the BON meeting with Yinka Ayefele and his younger brother.
“We felt that since they were the ones that invited us, we should honour the governor’s call; so we excused ourselves from the BON meeting and went to the governor’s office. We got there at about 12noon, but the governor did not get to his office till about 4 pm. We did not leave the governor’s office until about 7 pm. I was at the meeting with Yinka Ayefele and his younger brother,” he said.
Ajiboye noted that although they insisted on having a closed-door meeting with the Governor, they were shocked when pictures surfaced on Twitter a few minutes into the meeting.
“When the governor came into the office, we all prostrated to greet him being that he is older than us and we told them that we did not want cameras.
“We wanted a closed-door meeting with the governor so he asked the pressmen to excuse us but his private photographer did not leave the room. We noticed that while we were talking with the governor, the photographer was taking our pictures and uploading them on their Twitter handle immediately.
“The governor later invited his team to come and join us in the meeting; his team comprised the commissioner for information, a governorship aspirant in the state and about four special assistants.
“The governor told us his grievances. He told us that he could have saved the situation if only we had come to see him. He felt we ought to have come to beg him and our chairman, Yinka Ayefele, pointed it out that we had since told the commissioner for information to book an appointment with the governor.
“He further said that he called the SSG to help him book an appointment with the governor even before this incident happened and the commissioner corroborated his claims but said that the governor was unavailable at the time,” Ajiboye added.