Soyinka Reveals That He Would Not Vote For Buhari Or Atiku


Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has said he will not vote for the presidential candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC) President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming general elections.

Soyinka who said this at a programme organised by Citizen’s Forum, with the subject: Civic Choice in a time of Judicial ‘Penkelemes,’ held at the Freedom Park, Lagos Island, Lagos on Thursday, emphasized that he would personally not vote for the two candidates for a number of reasons personal to him.

 He said, “I, Wole Soyinka will not be voting for either of the two so called contesting parties, I find both of them worthy of absolutely rejection for a number of reasons which I will not go into here. I am not interested in comparative assessment, it is just too late for that.

Soyinka said he did not believe in what is called negative vote, which he said meant throwing, “your vote in paper basket, I believe instead in a creative vote, not a protest or negative vote. Creative vote means 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 happened in other societies.”

 The Nobel laureate said a Third Force coalition would have emerged a long time, but that professional hijackers hijacked it, but noted that all that mattered now was that an alternative emerged eventually “and we in the Citizens Forum will back that alternative; we will back the flag-bearer of that alternative and we hope that alternative will correspond to individuals we have identified as the best candidates.”

Soyinka charged Nigerians not to be intimidated by the enormity of any task, as there would always be a beginning, saying that the issue was not “whether you will succeed or not in presenting an alternative in the current situation, that is not the issue; the important thing is to at least plant a seed, let them notice and you never know the tempo and ease with which that seed will germinate.

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