The organisers of Nigeria’s prestigious music award show, The Headies, have disqualified popular singer, Portable, as a nominee. The disqualification was revealed in a statement by the organisers, with Portable responding via a video with his wife.
Last month, Portable made a threat in a viral video that he would kill or cause harm to the other nominees in the same categories of awards he was nominated for: Rookie of the Year and Best Street-Hop Artiste, if he doesn’t emerge winner.
After the video went viral, the organisers threatened to disqualify him if he doesn’t tender an apology and take down the video.
He took down the video and issued an apology.
However, the organisers noted that the singer had garnered negative attention from the Nigeria Police and the general public.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the organisers also cited the criminal investigations carried out by the police over the singer’s recent misdemeanours.
Part of the statement reads: “We regret to announce that following numerous indicting statements made by Mr. “Habeeb Okikiola popularly known as ‘Portable’, and the incessant negative attention that Mr Okikiola has garnered from the Nigeria Police and the general public in recent times, the organisers of the Headies have resolved to disqualify Mr Okikiola as a nominee at the forthcoming 15th Headies Awards.
“Being subject of an investigation relating to criminal activities, Mr Habeeb Okikiola is hereby disqualified from both categories of awards at the forthcoming 15th Annual Headies Awards scheduled to hold later this year.”
Reacting to his disqualification in a video where his new wife was caressing him, Portable said: “I am a child of light.
“I have fame, I have money, I have cars, I have wives, I have children.
“I am rich.
“People know me everywhere.
“I don’t regret my actions.”