The Labour Party has chided Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, implicit his caller remark against the party’s statesmanlike campaigner successful the past election, Peter Obi.
DAILY POST recalls that the literate elephantine had successful an interrogation wondered wherefore Peter Obi claimed to person won the February 25 election.
According to Soyinka, Obi “did not triumph that election. I was successful a monitoring organisation. I tin accidental categorically that Peter Obi’s enactment came third, not adjacent second, and the enactment knew it.
“But they privation to bash what we telephone successful Yoruba ‘gbajue’, that is unit of lies”.
Reacting, Labour Party, successful a connection issued connected Thursday nighttime by its National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, accused Soyinka of being unsighted to truth.
The enactment questioned wherefore the Nobel Laureate, was mute erstwhile immoderate elements threatened Lagos residents to permission the authorities anterior to the election.
The connection reads partly, “The Labour Party took enactment of the connection that emanated from the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, whom, arsenic an institution, we person the utmost respect for. He is simply a Nigerian whose accomplishments successful the literate satellite are without uncertainty intimidating.
“However, we beg to disagree with his prognosis and idiosyncratic sentiment connected the show of our enactment during the 2023 wide elections. The facts are earlier the courts and retired of respect for our judiciary, we volition reserve our comments until the Supreme Court makes a last pronouncement.
“We recognize that the literate elephantine is quality and frankincense susceptible to emotions and astir apt said what helium said based connected accusation made disposable to him by those who stock the ‘Emilokan sentiment’.
“In Yoruba, ‘Gbajue’ refers to fraudulent activities similar age, sanction oregon certificate forgery, 419 oregon narcotics trafficking, each of which are issues successful the 2023 elections but not connected the Labour Party’s part.
“‘Gbajue’ successful Yoruba besides virtually means ‘slap him/her successful the face.’ Have each Nigerians not been slapped sufficiently successful the face? Thanks to this antheral of letters for bringing this retired albeit, advertently. It’s alternatively absorbing that the erudite Prof. Soyinka, who owned up to having an electoral “monitoring unit” conveniently glossed implicit INEC’s legerdemain starring to important non compliance and erosion of law dictates, conscionable arsenic helium conveniently glossed implicit the INEC’s precocious ‘gbajue’ of February 25 that has surreptitiously installed the King of ‘gbajue’ successful Aso Rock.
“It is astir befuddling arsenic good arsenic disconcerting that a detribalized and activistic Soyinka would succumb to the groupthink syndrome that subscribes to State Capture by those belonging to the transgression fringe by immoderate means, based connected primordial considerations.
“We truly admit him for astatine slightest giving immoderate credits to Labour Party and its Presidential campaigner for breaking the monopoly of powerfulness hitherto held by the 2 different parties. We besides noted his admittance of his willingness to beryllium portion of a objection which would beryllium based connected the banner of truth.
However, we are alert that Soyinka resides successful Lagos State and helium was successful Nigeria successful February 25 erstwhile elections held successful Nigeria. He watched astir apt with a glee erstwhile a definite idiosyncratic successful Lagos warned non-indigenes to ballot a peculiar governmental enactment oregon hazard being deported to their spot of birth, and helium ne'er condemned it.
“He was determination erstwhile ballot boxes were snatched by thugs successful a polling booth close successful beforehand of his house, helium didn’t condemn it. We are inactive looking for wherever helium came retired to condemn the unprovoked attacks connected our supporters successful Lagos by members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, during the past elections”.