Soyinka Alleges Plan To Annul 2023 Election Like June 12

Prof. Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laurette Prof. Wole Soyinka on Wednesday alleged that there was plans to annul the 2023 presidential election, reminiscent of the June 12 won by the late MKO Abiola but annulled by Gen Ibrahim Babangida,

Soyinka raised the allegations in an interview on Channels TV, saying, “History was about to repeat itself, some people were determined to take us back to those days.”

He continued: “I am alleging that there was a conspiracy from the very beginning before the election to make sure the elections did not take place or that even if the voting did take place, that everything be reverted to what happened under Babangida.

“When we all just woke up and discovered that even though the results have been calculated, even though the results were in possession of international bodies, including monitoring embassies and so on, even if we had the results directly, it was suddenly annulled.”

He added that to him, “it was no longer a contest between individuals, it was now a contest between the so-called interim political party and democracy. When you have a binary like that, I have no doubt or hesitation about what side of the barricade my position should be.”

Asked about his reaction to the viral interview of the vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 election, Datti Baba-Ahmed, Soyinka replied that it was “a disgraceful interview”.

Baba-Ahmed, a former member of the National Assembly had asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Kayode Ariwoola, not to swear in Tinubu as duly elected president of the country.

Soyinka opined that Baba-Ahmed’s suggestion was “disgraceful and menacing”.

“At that interview by Datti, that disgraceful and menacing interview, was for me the ultimate signal because this was somebody calling for the rubbishing of a structure he profited to ever become a governor,” Soyinka opined.

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