Following claims in some quarters that he had endorsed a presidential candidate an some governorship candidates in next month’s general elections, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has said this is not true.
￼“Let me seize the occasion of the Abuja accord to state categorically that I have never made a statement endorsing any presidential or governorship contestant,” Soyinka said.
The Nobel Laureate spoke on Thursday, adding “Whenever I choose to declare support for a candidate, I shall ensure that I deploy a medium that places my authorship beyond dispute”.
“It is rapidly becoming commonplace to encounter totally fictitious statements, even entire interviews published and attributed to unsuspecting authorship”.
“This criminal proceeding has even involved the cloning of media mastheads to which non-existent interviews are then attached. To render it in local parlance, this is political 419, and of the most despicable brand.
“All such attributions are fabrications by faceless, often self-appointed agents of deception, and should be publicly pilloried,” said Soyinka.
He however described the decision by the political parties to desist from actions that could result in violence during and after the polls, as a step in the right direction.
“It was with high expectations that I went through details of the Abuja peace accord recently agreed by the political party leaders, mandating decent and civilized campaign conduct among the contestants, their agents and supporters.
”I was not disappointed. It is a positive step in the direction of democracy”.
Soyinka said with good will and sincerity, the accord would work.