I have not endorsed anybody – Soyinka sets the record straight

by Kolapo Olapoju

Ahead of the February elections, Professor Wole Soyinka has denied endorsing any presidential and governorship candidate.

Consequently, the Nobel Laureate warned the peddlers of his supposed endorsement, “to be less gullible, and avoid becoming cheap conduits for the deception industry.”

On Thursday, January 15, Soyinka released a piece titled, “Identity Thieves and the 2015 Election Peace Accord”, where he said: “Let me thus seize the occasion of the Abuja accord to state categorically that I have never made a statement endorsing any presidential or governorship contestant. All such attributions are fabrications by faceless, often self-appointed agents of deception, and should be publicly pilloried.”

“Whenever I choose to declare support for a candidate – as is my electoral right – I shall ensure that I deploy a medium that places my authorship beyond dispute,” Soyinka said.

Furthermore, he commended the outcome of the recent peace pact signed by all the presidential candidates, including President Goodluck Jonathan and Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to ensure there’s a violence-free elections.

While describing the pact as a promising step in the direction of democracy, he lauded the efforts of a former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan and a former Secretary-General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, in making sure the process was successful.

Soyinka said violence can indeed be averted, provided the peace pact is adhered to with sincerity. “It might even come close to what the democratic ideal should be, as canvassed by others, including Governor Fashola a few years ago,” Soyinka added.

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