Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Oyo State Governor, has accepted the public apology tendered by the management of Fresh FM, over a broadcast that named him as a co-owner of Oyo state’s central abattoir.
Insideoyo reported that this was made known in a press release by Mr Bolaji Tunji, the governor’s Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, on Tuesday. The statement conveyed the governor’s acceptance of the apologies, which is being aired on the station.
According to insideoyo, in a public apology signed by the Chairman of the station, Mr Yinka Ayefele and the Presenter of Political Circuit, the programme on which the offensive statement was aired, the station had apologized to the governor for the ‘unguarded statement’ of its studio and guest analyst, Dare Adekanmbi, who defamed the governor.
Speaking on the apology, the governor said he had decided to put the matter behind him following appeals by Ayefele and Brown.
The statement released by Fresh FM read, “The chairman and management of FreshFM wish to formally tender its (sic) unreserved apologies to His Excellency, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of Oyo State and the Oyo State Government for the false statement, alignment, misinterpretation as broadcast in our Saturday political programme, titled Political Circuit.
“In the said broadcast, our studio guest and analyst, with the name Dare Adekanmbi, falsely declared that his investigation revealed that the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Senator Abiola Ajimobi negotiated shares for himself, thereby ascribing co-ownership of the central abattoir to His Excellency, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, whereas, the governor does not own and never owned any equity in the said enterprise.
“We hereby, on behalf of the producers and presenters of the programme, Political Circuit, withdraw unequivocally the said statement in its entirety and unintended innuendos as well as negative call-out cum disrepute occasioned by the false broadcast against His Excellency, the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Ajimobi, the Oyo State Government and its institutions.
“Our organization and its board of directors, including Evangelist Yinka Ayefele, hereby tender our unreserved apology to Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the Oyo State Government, having found that this insinuation by our guest analyst is false.
“We hereby withdraw all statements made in the said broadcast and regret all damages this unguarded statement would have caused Governor Ajimobi, whom we hold in high esteem. We hope His Excellency and the people of Oyo State will accept our unreserved apology.”
The governor said his gentle reaction to the issue was in the spirit of Easter and Ramadan, adding that offences are inevitable because no one is perfect.
“This is festive season and I have, in the spirit of Easter and the coming Ramadan, forgiven everyone involved in this matter and hope that lessons have been learnt. I wish the Fresh FM and the management the very best.
“As humans, we are not perfect. Definitely, I must also have offended some people in one way or the other. I use this opportunity to implore them to forgive me as I have forgiven these people too.”