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News Africa: Prof. Wole Soyinka vows never to vote APC, PDP

Prof. Wole Soyinka vows never to vote APC, PDP
Following the recent political development within the two popular party in Nigeria, The All Prohressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has vowed not to vote for neither presidential candidates of the APC, Muhammadu Buhar nor PDP's, Atiku Abubakar in next month’s presidential election.
The renowned professor made this known at an event organised by Citizen Forum, held at the Freedom Park on Lagos Island, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
Soyinka stressed his disapproval for the two major presidential candidates giving a number of reasons.
The Nobel laureate said it was time for the nation to move into a new direction different from that of the PDP or APC.
“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 the two so called contesting parties [PDP or APC]. I find both of them worthy of absolute rejection,” Soyinka said.

“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.
“I don’t believe in what is called negative vote which means, for me, throwing your vote in a wastebasket, I believe instead in a creative vote, not a protest vote, not a negative vote but a creative vote. And a creative vote means that the will to at least sow a seed through your vote that will germinate eventually. 
“The pace of germination is beyond the control of everyone, but it is never too early to make a beginning. It has happened before in other societies. When a dark horse emerges from nowhere and trumps all the political juggernauts caterpillars and so on with their performers, worthless, their capacity for violence and treachery.”

He stated that a coalition was about to be born to produce a consensus candidate to challenge the APC and PDP.
Soyinka said he did not believe in negative votes or protest votes but creative voting that would produce result, saying that it had happened in other climes.

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