Wole Soyinka Endorses Moghalu For President
The group made the announcement in a statement personally signed by Soyinka and obtained by SaharaReporters very early on Friday.
According to Soyinka, the decision to endorse Moghalu was reached after “months of studying the careers, experiences and track records of most of the presidential aspirants, and most intensely those actually short-listed by the opposition parties themselves”.
“Like millions of Nigerians, we watched the debates. I physically interacted with some of the acknowledged top contenders, in some cases several times. We participated in HANDSHAKE ACROSS NIGERIA, where some candidates presented their briefs,” the Professor said.
“Among others, I delivered a keynote address. We watched television interviews. We have exchanged notes with highly respected international Civil Servants. The drive towards Consensus among these dedicated groups sometimes took the form of test questionnaires to the aspirants, including items such as: ‘Who among the contestants would you choose, if you did not emerge as the ultimate preference?’”
He said Nigeria has an “over-abundant but stifled leadership material, and there can be no excuse, now that that potential of high quality is being manifested, for constricting the political space in a population that is nudging two hundred million”.
Soyinka expressed happiness that his personal choice of Moghalu turned out by coincidence to be the forum’s as well, and urged Nigerians to use their votes to say “Evil Spirit, Leave me Be!” in line with the meaning of the name ‘Moghalu’.
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