On Friday, singer Habeeb Okikiola, popularly called Portable, criticized some of his colleagues, whom he described as supporters of Peter Obi, during his ceremony in Abuja for President-elect Bola Tinubu.
The opening concert Mr. Tinubu and his deputy, Kashim Shettima, were presented to the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic and the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger respectively on Thursday.
The event called ‘Renewed Hope’ aimed to celebrate the inauguration of the president-elect and his deputy on May 29.
Portable, through a series of videos posted on his verified Instagram account, alleged that he was the one who supported Mr. Tinubu in his presidential campaign and that some artistes who performed at the inauguration never liked or supported the president-elect.
However, in the video, he was not specific about the names of the musicians he was referring to, nor did he mention their names.
Portable, known for his controversial statements, said the musicians who performed at the concert did not post Mr. Tinubu but were there for the performance because Tinubu won the election.
Crooner Zazuu revealed that he is the one who stood by Mr. Tinubu despite his insults with his messages and songs.
In one of the videos, he reminds the president-elect that he was the one who fought his campaigns everywhere, including online.
The controversial singer said Mr. Tinubu should remember him and his colleagues who supported him.
He said: “Good morning, my people. They rip me off. I have shouted up and down, post Tinubu. Every time I post Tinubu I get insulted but I still post”
“Na me sing Akoi Tinubu o. Didn’t Obi vote? Tinubu comes in now those useless people will go there, will I not promote Tinubu?
The 29-year-old singer, who shot to fame after featuring on Olamide’s song ‘Zazoo Zehh’, reportedly turned down the N5m offer from the organizers of Mr. Tinubu’s inauguration concerts, which is why he did not attend.
According to him, the initial deal was to pay N10m for the concert performance, which was later reduced.
“No, so they call my manager. Say they want me for Abuja. Na 10 million falls, but na five million reach portable hands. Na, so I don’t say goodbye, I tear the paper. I delete the number, and you whine do you, Jesus? Na hin no me make me Abuja o.”
His caption read, “ZAzuu Them Dõn Rip Me oooh Na Me Sing Akoi TINUBU ✍🏻 Eja Loni Ibu 💰 Give What Belongs to ZAZUU To ZAZUU.”
Artists who performed at the concert include Wande Coal, Naira Marley, KCee and Timaya among others.
In February, as the election date approached, controversial Nigerian singer Habeeb Okikiola played the role of a citizen without a party.
The singer seen in the campaign for the campaign APC and PDP, seen in a campaign truck with Accord party members and a convoy.
A video shared by a Twitter user, Alabi, showed street hop artiste Accord wearing a party outfit and dancing to his song, singing his signature words ‘Wahala’ along with the name ‘Accord’.
However, the direction of the campaign and the day it was held are unknown.
In July 2022, the singer revealed that he was paid by the APC to campaign for Mr. Tinubu while he was in Osun State.
In a video he shared, he stated in Yoruba that APC paid to endorse their candidates and was ready to promote the party since its birth.
The political party did not condemn his involvement and claims.
He added that in the past he was paid to insult Tinubu; I was being paid to humiliate Tinubu, but that was a long time ago.
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Also to clear the air about his choice in Osun State, he wrote on his page that he made a song for the PDP candidate for the 2018 Osun State election, Ademola Adeleke. But still he was ignored as the next artist.
He congratulated Mr. Adeleke after his victory against APC Gboyega Oyetola, ignoring the hateful remarks he received for campaigning for Oyetola.
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