2019 election: Soyinka speaks on joining Third Force to battle Buhari, Atiku

Wole Soyinka



Noble Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has waved aside the report making the rounds that he is a member of a Third Force.



Reports emerged during the week that Soyinka allegedly joined the Alliance for the Defence of Democracy, ADD.

The move, as reported, was aimed at identifying a consensus candidate for the February 16 presidential election.


However, in a statement he personally signed and issued to reporters on Sunday the Nobel laureate, said “Neither did I attend the meeting that took place at Sheraton Hotel on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

“I, therefore, could not have been part of whatever resolutions were agreed upon at that meeting.

“I was invited, but I did not attend. I must state however that I fully endorse, and have encouraged the efforts of ADD and of other similarly motivated groups to identify a candidate to take the battle to the two parties currently monopolizing the political space and throw up a viable challenger for the occupancy of Aso Rock.


“Indeed, at the meeting convened by Citizen Forum at Freedom Park, coincidentally on that very day and time – I took pains to inform my audience of the ongoing meeting of the ADD, and its commendable purpose.

“I also mentioned the meeting of yet another group in Abuja which had been holding for over two days. I am not a member of any Conveners’ Council or Third Force.
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“We are all collaborating, monitoring and collating preferences, acting in the same cause, aspiring to a creative and effective convergence, but in full respect for the independence of action of the various groupings.”

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