Wole Soyinka asserts that the Labour Party leadership is aware of Peter Obi’s defeat in the 2023 polls, yet they are attempting to impose falsehoods on the Nigerian populace.


Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has alleged that the leadership of the Labour Party (LP) is fully aware that Peter Obi, their presidential candidate, did not emerge victorious in the February 25th election. Despite this knowledge, they are determined to impose “falsehoods” on the Nigerian people, insisting that Obi won the election.

Soyinka made these remarks on Wednesday, September 13, during a speech at an event held in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He noted, “In the recent election, two significant developments occurred. Firstly, one party took control of the labor movement, which is not my preferred movement, and subsequently, it became a regional party. This transformation occurred despite being a remarkable departure from the established two-party system. Peter Obi achieved something noteworthy by breaking that mold. However, it must be stated unequivocally that Peter Obi’s party secured a third-place finish, not even second, and the leadership was well aware of this fact. Nevertheless, they seem determined to engage in what we refer to in Yoruba as ‘gbajue,’ which means the forceful propagation of lies.”

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