Obi Visits Soyinka Amidst Controversies
Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, has visited Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka amid controversy between the latter and the supporters of Peter Obi popularly known as ‘Obidients’.
The Obidients movement which describes the supporters of Peter OBI had dragged Playwright Soyinka over his comment condemning the Vice Presidential candidate of LP, Datti Baba-Ahmed.
Recall that Datti had frowned at the appointment of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the president-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He also stated that swearing in the President-elect would truncate Nigeria’s democracy.
However, Soyinka in an interview on Arise Television said Datti Baba-Ahmed could be given a verdict by any jury because his comments crossed the line of what is permissible in democracy.
He says “Datti keeps saying no, the Supreme Court, in its decision, must agree with him. That is what has been known as a fascistic language. It is not acceptable. For me, it alienates people, even supporters. I know this for a fact.”
Obi, amidst these controversies, lauded Soyinka through his Twitter handle on Sunday, over his achievement on the world stage and his struggle for a better Nigeria. He said Soyinka’s fight for justice would never be ignored.
He explained that the visit was to erase the unnecessary misconceptions concerning Wole Soyinka and the ‘Obidients’ movement.
“I cherished this Sunday’s visit, which was intended to erase the needless misconceptions about the relationship between the great icon and the Obidient family”, he posted.
Obi, who came third behind the President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the February 25th Presidential election, is currently challenging the polls at the Tribunal billed to commence on Monday, 8th May, 2023.
However, the Presidential Election Tribunal, Abuja has adjourned the petitions of Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) to Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
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