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Soyinka is attacked by Labour Party, who calls him a “dual character.”

Sep 16, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

The Labour Party has condemned Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka for accusing the party of deceiving Nigerians into believing Peter Obi won the February 25 election.

Soyinka said Wednesday that LP knew Obi came third in the closely contested poll but kept playing ‘Gbajue’ (to force a lie) on Nigerians, especially youth.

However, on Thursday, LP National Publicity Secretary Obiora Ifoh accused the Nobel Laureate of duality. He said Soyinka’s statement was unexpected from a revered “detribalized” statesman.

The Labour Party defeated the APC and PDP at the Edo Tribunal.

“The Labour Party noted the statement from Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, whom we respect. The literary achievements of this Nigerian are intimidating.

However, we disagree with his prediction and assessment of our party’s 2023 general election performance. We will wait until the Supreme Court rules on the facts out of respect for our judiciary.

We understand that the literary giant is human and susceptible to emotions and likely spoke based on information from those who share the ‘Emilokan sentiment’.

In Yoruba, ‘Gbajue’ means age, name, certificate forgery, 419, or narcotics trafficking, all of which are 2023 election issues but not Labour Party issues.

Yoruba’ gbajue’ means ‘slap him/her in the face.’ Do all Nigerians need to be sufficiently slapped? This writer brought this out, albeit in advertising. It’s interesting that Prof. Soyinka, who admitted to having an electoral “monitoring unit,” conveniently glossed over INEC’s legerdemain, which led to substantial noncompliance and erosion of constitutional dictates, as well as the INEC’s advanced “gbajue” of February 25, which installed the King of “gbajue” in Aso Rock.

The fact that a detribalized and activist Soyinka would fall for the groupthink syndrome that supports State Capture by criminal fringe members for primordial reasons is inexplicable.

He deserves credit for at least acknowledging the Labour Party and its presidential candidate for breaking the two other parties’ power monopoly. We also noted his willingness to participate in a truth-based demonstration.

Soyinka lives in Lagos state and was in Nigeria on February 25 for elections. He probably laughed when a Lagosian warned non-indigenes to vote for a political party or be deported to their home country, but he never condemned it. Thugs stole ballot boxes from a polling booth in front of his house, but he didn’t condemn it. We are still searching for his statement condemning the APC’s unprovoked attacks on our supporters in Lagos during the last elections.

The world followed the 2023 Nigerian general election and condemned the outcome and process, particularly the ‘glitching’ incident during the presidential result transmission to IREV. Since Kongi is known for demonstrating truthfully, we didn’t hear him remind INEC to keep its word.

Again, Soyinka was silent when the Labour Party presented evidence of several defaced result sheets allowed and uploaded to the IREV by INEC, particularly in areas where the Labour Party won.

We won’t blame selective amnesia for Soyinka’s misdiagnosis, but we expected him to be a statesman by remaining cautious and not showing dual character traits like chauvinism.

We prefer to retain our impression of his recent dual personality. We also want to tell him that building a New Nigeria is a dream at the right time, and Nigerian youths will only stop once it is realized.

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