Oyo 2019: Akala Bars Seyi Makinde From His FM Station
Ripples from the last moments leading to the gubernatorial election on saturday reached the crescendo as former governor Alao Akala openly barred the PDP governorship candidate Engr Seyi Makinde from participating in a live interview programme on Parrot FM owned by Akala in Ogbomoso this morning.
In a statement from his campaign organization, signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade, Makinde had booked and paid for the one hour slot 48 hours in advance and came to ogbomoso for the programme only to be turned back at the gate with the excuse that the slot had been allocated to his rival, Mr Bayo Adelabu.
Seyi makinde told journalists and his teeming supporters that apart from been unconstitutional, it was democratically repugnant for any one, to deny the other the right of reply.
He said Chief Akala did not want him to expose him any further to the true reason why he joined APC, a move that has dropped his political rating significantly.
He promised to bring the attention of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission to the ugly incident and to the former governor, he had this to say, ‘You can bar me from your radio station, but you cannot debar me from the government house if it is the wish of the Lord and the people’
According to the report, by the time Seyi Makinde turned back from the gate, large crowd kept trooping into the radio station in protest and it spilled into the streets as Seyi Makinde rode slowly in an open roof jeep through the ancient city with the increasing supporters hailing him.
He later went to Ajilete FM, also in Ogbomoso where he fielded questions in a live interview programme.
After the radio program, Engr Makinde was led into the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology to the warm embrace of the teeming Students who had waited patiently for him at the campus gate.
He acknowledged the difficulties the once vibrant institution is going through particularly the hike in tuition fees, ageing facilities and deliberate neglect. He promised to review the tuition fees when elected on Saturday.