The Headies says it might disqualify Portable over his death threat to co-nominees of its 2022 edition.
The award’s organizers broke the news in a statement broadcast via their Satellite TV channel and official page on Instagram. It would be recalled that on Tuesday, the 24th of May, Headies unveiled the nominees for its 2022 edition.
Portable was nominated in the ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ categories. In the ‘Rookie of the Year’ category, he is expected to compete with AV, Fave, Magixx, and Ugoccie. He is pitted against Bella Shmurda, Mohbad, Naira Marley, and Goya Menor for the second category- ‘Street-Hop Artiste’.
But in a video on Wednesday, Portable claimed the other nominees are no match for him. He further threatened to kill anyone who wins any of the categories in his place.
In its public announcement, The Headies said it might be forced to disqualify the singer if he fails to retract his statement and issue an apology on his social media pages.
“We have notified the Nigerian police of Mr. Okokiola’s actions to fellow nominees,” the organizers stated.
“Also, demand for the immediate retraction of the video as well as a written apology to nominees in both categories and The Headies has been made. Should Mr. Okikiola fail to meet our demands, we will not only disqualify him from participating in The Headies but also enforce the instrumentality of the law. The general public is hereby implored to disregard the video and stop the dissemination of same in the public space.”
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