By Ola Ajayi & Adeola Badru
IBADAN— GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, yesterday, promised to rebuild the demolished Music House owned by Evangelist Yinka Ayefele.
This came as the estranged relationship among Governor Ajimobi; a former governor of the state, Chief Rashidi Ladoja and another former governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala was, yesterday, set aside at the 90th birthday celebration of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, as the event brought the trio together.
The governor, however, prayed for the Olubadan for more longetivity and that his continued reign would witness more development in Ibadanland.
On reactions that trailed the demolition of Yinka Ayelefe’s Music House, Ajimobi pledged the state government’s commitment to assist the renowned gospel singer in rebuilding the demolished building and also give necessary logistics, adding that Ayefele had held a peace talk with him while he visited him in his office.
He said: “I thank God for the life of the Olubadan for clocking 90 years because he is my father. I pray that the ancient city of Ibadan will witness more development during his reign.”
“I want to say that the imbroglio between the state government and Yinka Ayefele over the demolition of his Music House has been resolved. And I pledge the government’s commitment to assist him.”
The 90th birthday celebration of the Olubadan was held at the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan, UI.
Also, the event brought together, Ajimobi, Ladoja and Alao-Akala.
Ladoja, the Osi Olubadan, who had long been at loggerheads with Ajimobi over the leadership of the state and the recent Ibadan chieftaincy review carried out by the incumbent governor, was seen embracing the governor in a joyous mood.
The event attracted the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Obateru Akinruntan; Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola, and General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army , Major General Chukwudili Azinta represented by Brig-Gen. Soyele.
Others are former Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin; Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola and some white cap chiefs from Lagos.
Others were Dr. Olusola Ayandele, Mr Seyi Makinde, Mr Joseph Tegbe, Chief Niyi Akintola, Alhaji Sharafadeen Alli, Mr Isaac Omodewu, Dr Azeez Adeduntan and Chief Adebayo Adelabu.
Speaking at the event, Governor Ajimobi appealed to the citizenry to eschew any act capable of truncating the peaceful co-existence in the state.