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Atiku, Obi responsible for Tinubu’s victory – Soyinka 



Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has spoken yet again at the recently concluded presidential election.  

He said that the electoral victory of President Bola Tinubu was helped by the separation of Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, and his former ally, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP   

In a statement on Saturday, the Nobel Laureate expressed this opinion during a dialogue organized by ‘Africa in the World’ in Stellenbosch, South Africa. 

According to the statement, Soyinka stressed the importance of politicians owning up to the consequences of their choices. 

He said,  

Earlier on Wednesday, during his speech at the same event, the Nobel Laureate accused the Labour Party of attempting to deceive Nigerians regarding the results of the February 25 election. 

In response, The Labour Party criticized Soyinka, alleging that he displayed a “dual character” and fell victim to “groupthink syndrome” in his recent remarks on the party’s performance in the 2023 general elections. 

LP’s spokesperson, Obiora Ifoh, said Soyinka’s comments the party was playing “Gbajue” (to force a lie) on Nigerians were “disconcerting” and “befuddling” coming from a “detribalized and activist statesman.” 

“It’s rather interesting that the erudite Prof. Soyinka, who owned up to having an electoral “monitoring unit” conveniently glossed over INEC’s legerdemain leading to substantial non-compliance and erosion of constitutional dictates, just as he conveniently glossed over the INEC’s advanced ‘gbajue’ of 25 February that has surreptitiously installed the King of ‘gbajue’ in Aso Rock,” Ifoh said.