2019 Elections: “it is time for a totally new direction”- Wole Soyinka

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Nigerian literary icon, Professor Wole Soyinka has expressed his distaste for the two most populated political parties in Nigeria, PDP, and APC. During an interactive session at Freedom Park in Lagos on Thursday,  Wole Soyinka advised that Nigerians should look out for alternatives. This comes to a surprise as the retired lecturer had earlier backed Mohammadu Buhari because Obasanjo endorsed Atiku.

He said,  “It is time for a totally new direction, and when an alternative emerges, we will give the candidate our backing.

“For the avoidance of doubt, let me make my position quite clear because I don’t want any ambiguity; I, Wole Soyinka, will not be voting for either the two so-called contesting parties. I find both of them worthy of absolute rejection.

“For a number of reasons which I will not go into here, I’m not interested in a comparative assessment. My position is simply that it is time for a totally new direction. And obviously, I’m not the only one, as I’m speaking, there is a coalition having its meeting in Lagos from which they hope to produce a consensus candidate.

2019 Elections: "it is time for a totally new direction"- Wole Soyinka

“There is another group meeting in Abuja, also at the end would send us their consensus candidate. Things have been going on quietly in the background to try and change the direction of this nation in a very positive way and to make the public understand that they do not have to be enslaved permanently to the old discredited order. It is my sole business in this election.

“I don’t believe in what is called negative vote which means, for me, throwing your vote in a wastebasket, I believe instead in a creative vote, not a protest vote, not a negative vote but a creative vote.

“And a creative vote means that the will to at least sow a seed through your vote that will germinate eventually. The pace of germination is beyond the control of everyone, but it is never too early to make a beginning. It has happened before in other societies. When a dark horse emerges from nowhere and trumps all the political juggernauts caterpillars and so on with their performers, worthless, their capacity for violence and treachery.”

Soyinka later explained that the delay in the consensus was because of the fact that the third group that should have made up the coalition had pulled out.

Other presidential candidates include Mr. Fela Durotoye, Dr. Kingsley Moghalu, Oby Ezekwesili, and Sowore.

Also, read: Why I’m seeking reelection – Buhari

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