Wole Soyinka: Labour Party Knew Their Presidential Candidate Lost 2023 Election


Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has made a bold assertion that the Labour Party (LP) leadership was well aware of their presidential candidate, Peter Obi's, defeat in the February 25, 2023 election.

Soyinka articulated this during a gathering titled "The Lives of Wole Soyinka — A Dialogue," organized by Africa in the World.

In his statement, he criticized the LP for attempting to impose "a falsehood" upon Nigerians, particularly the youth, emphasizing his unwavering commitment to the truth in a society that often seeks shortcuts.

Soyinka, who highlighted the significance of relying on concrete facts, drew upon his past experience when he stormed a radio station in Ibadan in 1965, rejecting dependence on "second-hand information" regarding the outcome of the 1965 regional election.

Furthermore, Soyinka accused the LP of seizing control of the organized labor movement in the lead-up to the 2023 election. He acknowledged Peter Obi's accomplishment in challenging the power duopoly established by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), suggesting that the LP had evolved into a regional party.


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