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Soyinka challenges Obi’s running mate Baba-Ahmed to live debate

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka

Famous Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has challenged the Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25 general elections, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, to a live TV debate over his stand on the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.


NaijaNews reported that the 88-year-old Playwright made this challenge public on Friday, in a statement he tagged, ‘Fascism on course’.


He openly disagreed with the position of Baba-Ahmed, also questioning the attitude of the ‘Obidients’.


The Professor criticed that even before the election he had warned Peter Obi that his followers may cost him the polls which eventually happened.


Regarding recent comments by Baba-Ahmed on the outcome of the election, Soyinka, opined that he was unbecoming, and went ahead to challenge the him to a one-on-one debate on the matter.


The Poet also expressed his disagreement over the fine slammed on Channels TV by the National Broadcasting Commission for some of his statements during an interview with the station, saying the anchor tried his best to be objective during the interview.


He wrote in the statement, “May I seize this opportunity, by the way, to condemn the sanctions imposed on Channels Television, which anchored the performance of the LP candidate. As stated, I watched the programme keenly – saw the valiant efforts of the interviewer to ensure fair hearing. I fail to understand just where the station could be faulted, except from a disposition for injustice. To sustain that penalty is to give joy to others who turn the Internet into a soakaway for their rancid emissions, yet feel that others should be silenced. If Channels feels up to it, I offer myself willing to engage Mr Datti – or any nominee of his – on its platform on this very bone of contention – one-on-one – without the malodorous intervention of media trolls, and with the same interviewer as mediator. That should be taken as a serious offer.”

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