Soyinka Denies Endorsement Of Presidential Candidate

…As Nobel laureate Applauds Jonathan, Buhari And Others For Signing Abuja Peace Accord

 

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LAGOS –

 

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has dismissed reports that he has endorsed one of the presidential candidates in the February 14 election.

In a statement on Thursday, the playwright said ‘’It is the democratic right of every citizen to know exactly who is saying what on issues that affect their political choices,” as he described peddlers of such rumour as ‘’dirty tricksters.’’

“Let me thus seize the occasion of the Abuja accord to state categorically that I have never made a statement endorsing any presidential or governorship contestant. All such attributions are fabrications by faceless, often self-appointed agents of deception, and should be publicly pilloried. Whenever I choose to declare support for a candidate – as is my electoral right – I shall ensure that I deploy a medium that places my authorship beyond dispute,’’ Soyinka noted.

The professor however, absolved the presidential candidates of blames, but urged the contestants to openly denounce such reports.

He said: “While it would be unjust to place direct responsibility on the contestants, one must stress that they also have a moral responsibility to denounce these dirty tricksters in the strongest terms, even in their own interest. The resentment inspired in victims of such cowardly conduct cannot but impact on their own political image.

Soyinka also applauded the Peace Accord signed by the candidates contesting in the February 14 Presidential election.

In the statement titled ‘’ Identity Thieves And The 2015 Election Peace Accord,’’ the Nobel laureate said the agreement amongst the political parties’ representatives was a positive step in the direction of democracy.

‘’I must commend the efforts of those seasoned interventionists, Emeka Anyaoku and Kofi Annan. Adhered to with good will and sincerity, it should ensure a wholesome space for future elections, and pre-empt further violence. It might even come close to what the democratic ideal should be, as canvassed by others, including Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola a few years ago.

 

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