Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said he would not vote for either President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming presidential election.
The Nobel Laureate said this on Thursday at an interactive session at Freedom Park in Lagos titled, ‘Citizen Forum 2019’.
According to him, “It is time for a totally new direction, and when an alternative emerges, we will give the candidate our backing.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, let me make my position quite clear because I don’t want any ambiguity; I, Wole Soyinka, will not be voting for either of the two so-called contesting parties. I find both of them worthy of absolute rejection.
“For a number of reasons which I will not go into here, I’m not interested in a comparative assessment. My position is simply that it is time for a totally new direction. And obviously, I’m not the only one, as I’m speaking, there is a coalition having its meeting in Lagos from which they hope to produce a consensus candidate.
“There is another group meeting in Abuja, also at the end would send us their consensus candidate. Things have been going on quietly in the background to try and change the direction of this nation in a very positive way and to make the public understand that they do not have to be enslaved permanently to the old discredited order. It is my sole business in this election.”