Soyinka Speaks On 2019 Presidential Election
Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has said although he supports any move that would wrestle power from the two major political parties in the country, he does not belong to the group called the Third Force.
"Supporting president Buhari can make a very intelligent man look very stupid. Example Yemi Osinbajo, Festus Keyamo…"
– Wole Soyinka pic.twitter.com/1jqPVG1ohS
— #IstandWithOnnoghen (@DGreatEmperor) February 2, 2019
Mr Soyinka who made this known in a statement he issued on Sunday, said he is, however, collaborating with various groups to achieve their collective goal.
“I am not a member of any Conveners’ Council or Third Force,” said Prof. Soyinka.
“There is cooperation among several groups and individuals on various levels, but it is essential to clarify that my interventionist role is clarified so as not to compromise my own objective preferences which will be made only after Citizen Forum has concluded its own line of inquiry and guided itself accordingly.
“We are all collaborating, monitoring and collating preferences, acting in the same cause, aspiring to a creative and effective convergence, but in full respect for the independence of action of the various groupings.”
Mr Soyinka’s clarification came days after Naija News reported that he also denounced the two major political parties in the country and their candidates, saying they are worthy of “absolute rejection” in the coming elections.
Funny Wole Soyinka did not find Buhari worthy of absolute rejection back in 2015, especially when Rotimi Ameachi spent Rivers state money hosting Mr. Soyinka.
May we never unravel in our old age… https://t.co/DLVtwuZSJD
— afrispheric (@afrispheric) January 31, 2019
In his statement on Sunday, he also disowned newspaper reports that conferred on him membership of the Alliance for the Defence of Democracy, dedicated – among other aims – to identifying a consensus candidate ahead of the presidential election.
He said he did not attend the group’s meeting at the Sheraton Hotel on January 31, where the founders officially unveiled their mission.
“I was invited, but I did not attend,” Mr Soyinka said.
“I must state, however, that I fully endorse, and have encouraged the efforts of ADD and of other similarly motivated groups to identify a candidate to take the battle to the two parties currently monopolizing the political space and throw up a viable challenger for the occupancy of Aso Rock.
“Indeed, at the meeting convened by Citizen Forum at Freedom Park, coincidentally on that very day and time – I took pains to inform my audience of the ongoing meeting of the ADD, and its commendable purpose. “I also mentioned the meeting of yet another group in Abuja which had been holding for over two days.”