LP was aware Obi didn’t win presidential poll, says Soyinka
Professor Wole Soyinka, has declared that the leadership of the Labour Party–LP, was aware that it’s presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, lost the presidential election.
The Nobel laureate while speaking at an event with the theme, “The Lives of Wole Soyinka — A Dialogue” organised by Africa in the World, said that the opposition party’s leadership was trying to “force a lie” on Nigerians, more especially, on young people, that Obi had won the election.
The dialogue took place in South Africa.
Addressing his audience, Soyinka was asked to react to his remark against Datti Baba-Ahmed, LP vice-presidential candidate, after the general election.
He said the truth matters to him, adding that many people always look for shortcuts.
The Nobel laureate said he was armed with facts when he invaded a radio station in Ibadan in 1965.
He added that he was not relying on “third-hand information” about the result of the 1965 regional election.
Also, Soyinka accused the Labour Party–LP of taking over the organised labour movement in the build-up to the 2023 election.
He noted that Obi achieved “something remarkable” by breaking the monopoly of power established by the All Progressives Congress—APC and the Peoples Democratic Party—PDP.
“This recent election – two things happened first of all. One party took over the labour movement, which is not my favourite movement, and then it became a regional party,” he said.
“Whereas it was a marvellous breach into the established two camps. Peter Obi achieved something remarkable there, that he broke that mould. However, he did not win the election.
“I can say categorically that Peter Obi’s party came third not even second and the leadership knew it but they want to do what we call in Yoruba ‘gbajue’, that is force of lies.”
Soyinka also alleged that the LP leadership attempted to mobilise young people to protest against the outcome of the election on the “banner of lies and deceit”.
“They were going to send some of the hardliners, proud young people into the street to demonstrate,” he said.
“I’m also ready to be among such demonstrators but only on the banner of truth not on lies, and deceit.
“This party wanted the same thing (referring to 2011 post-election violence) to happen on the basis of a lie and we find this vice-presidential candidate on television boasting, insisting, threatening and trying to intimidate both the judiciary and the rest.
“What kind of government will result from that kind of conduct? In addition, they did not know this but they were being used.
“Before the election, there were certain clandestine forces, including some ex-generals, who were already calling for an interim government before the elections began.
“Some of them were known figures, including a proprietor of a university calling for an interim government before the election took place.”