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  • Updated: April 05, 2023

2023 Presidency: Wole Soyinka Opens Up On Warning Peter Obi About Obidient Movement

2023 Presidency: Wole Soyinka Opens Up On Warning Peter Obi

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has disclosed that he issued a warning to the leader of the Obidient Movement, Peter Obi, on his followers' excesses.

Soyinka who has been vocal about not backing any of the presidential candidates before the 2023 election stated that he told the Labour Party flagbearer that if he lost, it would be because of his supporters.

The award-winning writer also criticised Obi's running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, saying he broke the mould and threatened the totality of social existence.

“My rejection of fascism is nothing new. On three occasions, I was able to send a message to Peter Obi that if he lost the election, it would be his followers who lost it for him.

“It was depressing to watch his lieutenant, a crucially positioned voice of a movement that has ‘broken the mould’, threaten the totality of social existence.

“Whatever our ideological leaning, is Donald Trump the ideal template for a burgeoning democracy in the nation?

“If words are garbled in recording, the speaker can be reached for clarification – else, simply leave out the unclear section completely to avoid misrepresentation.

“After all, piecemeal transmission is a legitimate proceeding, as long as a part is not presented as the whole.

“I am not a member of the Labour Party, so how can giving ‘instructions’ become my role?

“Like a number of others, I have admittedly contributed to the making of this moment – going back several years – and it is painful to have the followers of such a movement, send it slithering backwards and down the fascistic slope", Soyinka said.

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