Popular Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, aka Davido, had on Wednesday, in a statement posted on a social media platform, alleged that his request to use Eko Atlantic City as the venue for his end-of-year concert was not approved.
Interpreting this as a decision aimed at punishing him for his role in the last governorship election in Osun State, the singer had written, “Na the highest dem fit do be that. I will support who I want to support and not switch sides for a mere venue”.
But a few hours later, a public statement from a firm named as South Energyx Nigeria Limited, released on behalf of Eko Atlantic City, hit the social media, claiming that Davido’s request was not declined.
The statement, which was issued by the Corporate Communications department of the company and signed by one Joanna Fabikun, read in part, “It has been brought to our attention that we have allegedly denied the musician, Davido’s request to use Eko Atlantic City for his upcoming concert. We received this request on November 8th to which we responded for further clarification and details about the event on November 9th.
“We are yet to receive the requested information. So the notion that we declined the request is false. To imply that we are politically motivated is false. Some of the additional information requested was pertaining to security provisions as the Eko Atlantic City is not an events centre but a city with existing residents and businesses. In the light of this, we have strict rules and regulations when it comes to events and activities within the city, which require the due process.
“Eko Atlantic City takes the safety and security of its residents and visitors very seriously. We expect the same safety and security measures from event organisers who intend to hold events in the city. Any event within the city requires a proper level of planning, safety and security from the organisers.”
The statement also noted that earlier in the year Davido and some of the artistes under his records label had shot a music video in the same Eko Atlantic City without interference from those in charge of the estate.
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