There Was Plan To Annul 2023 Presidential Election As It Happened During Babaginda Regime — Wole Soyinka

There Was Plan To Annul 2023 Presidential Election As It Happened During Babaginda Regime — Wole Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has stated that there was a plan during the 2023 general elections to repeat what happened during the regime of former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, when a presidential election as annulled. 

The Nigerian elder statesman revealed this while speaking on Channels Television on Wednesday night. 
He alleged that the plan was orchestrated by political stakeholders in the country who were not pleased with the outcome of the election and were willing to ensure Nigerians had a taste of what happened in 1993 election during the 2023 polls. 

He said, “History was about to repeat itself, some people were determined to take us back to those days.”

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Bola Tinubu, as President.
Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, was declared the winner after polling 8,794,726 votes to win the 2023 presidential election.

Soyinka continued, “I am alleging that there was a conspiracy from the very beginning before the election to make sure the elections did not take place or that even if the voting did take place, that everything be reverted to what happened under Babangida.

“When we all just woke up and discovered that even though the results have been calculated, even though the results were in possession of international bodies, including monitoring embassies and so on, even if we had the results directly, it was suddenly annulled.”

“It was no longer a contest between individuals, it was now a contest between the so-called interim political party and democracy.

“When you have a binary like that, I have no doubt or hesitation about what side of the barricade my position should be.”

Soyinka also criticised Datti Baba-Ahmed's 2023 election vice-presidential candidate's interview, calling it "disgraceful and menacing". 
He said, “And that interview by Datti, that disgraceful and menacing interview, was for me the ultimate signal because this was somebody calling for the rubbishing of a structure he profited to ever become a governor (referring to Peter Obi).” 

The Supreme Court had also dismissed opposition appeals by Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi challenging Tinubu's presidential victory, dismissing claims of fraud, electoral law violations, and Tinubu's ineligibility to contest for the post of presidency canvassed by the opposition. 

In September 2023, SaharaReporters also reported how  Soyinka insisted that Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did not win the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.

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