Politics Updated: April 08, 2023

2023 Presidency: Baba-Ahmed Set For TV Debate With Soyinka

By Sydney Elike
April 08, 2023

Wole Soyinka and Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed are set to battle each other in a television debate as it has been revealed that the latter has accepted the challenge issued by the former.

The renowned playwright who has been critical of the Labour Party's vice presidential candidate's recent comments has come under fire and now Obidients are set to witness the upcoming war of words.

Speaking in an interview with Arise TV on Saturday, the Spokesperson of the Obi-Datti Movement, Professor Chris Nwakobia, disclosed that Baba-Ahmed will indeed square off against the Nobel laureate.

“Oh yes, he will and effectively so. The least of the Obidients can take up that debate and do it profoundly. 

Wole Soyinka


“I know Prof Wole Soyinka, I know he will not go for that debate because the point is that history is replete with facts and figures,” Nwakobia said.

Speaking further, he added that if Soyinka does show up, Baba-Ahmed or even the least of the Obidients would engage him in a face-off.

Nwakobia further defended Baba-Ahmed over his comment on the need to avoid swearing in the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

Going back to Soyinka, he said he believes the writer cannot engage in a debate with any member of the Obidient movement.

“Do you know that some of us see him as our mentor because he understands the fact that disobedience upon an unjust law is indeed the greatest respect for the law? 


“In 1965 or so, with a gun, he invaded a radio station and refused the announcement of Akintola as the winner of an election.

“History is such a beautiful spectacle and I implore my 'Egbon' and the esteemed laureate to oblige the young people who are saying that on the mandate given to Peter Obi to stand.”

“When those who are merchants in electoral larceny took their mandate with hot coal they can't close their hands because we are going to take it in the court.”

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Sydney Elike

Sydney is a graduate of Theatre Arts, a writer, a movie buff, an avid reader, a video game enthusias...

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