January 12, (THEWILL) – One of the supporters of Olawale Ashimi Oloforo, popularly known as Brymo, Abdullai Hassan, has filed a counter-petition against his disqualification from the 8th edition of the All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA).
Hassan filed the petition to counter a previous one filed by one Charles Ogundele, seeking Brymo’s disqualification over hate speech he made against the Igbos on social media.
The signer had in a tweet said, “Fuck The Ndi Igbo!!…Hell With It!!,” thus sparking outrage from Nigerians.
Brymo is supporting Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the February 25, 2023, presidential election and made the remark to spite the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, who hails from the Igbo-speaking South-East region.
Hassan, in his counter-petition, claimed that Brymo “is been (sic) politically and hate bullied (sic) by politicians and supporters of a presidential candidate for a general election in Nigeria.”
He added, “So, we are making this petition to oppose the one they specifically (sic) and are driven by hate, to see BRYMO been (sic) drop by the AFRIMA award.”
Ogundele, on his part, is asking Nigerians to sign his petition to compel the AFRIMA organisers to disqualify the singer from the category of ‘Song Writer of the Year’, which he was recently nominated in.
The award ceremony takes place on Sunday, January 15.
While Hassan’s counter-petition has attracted 1,188 signatures so far, the one filed by Ogundele has crossed 20,000.