Peter Obi’s emergence consequence of EndSARS movement – Wole Soyinka


Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka has insisted that the emergence
of Mr Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), is a
result of the consequence of the “EndSARS movement”.


The EndSARS movement was a peaceful protest against police
brutality, held across Nigeria in October 2020.


Soyinka made this remark in an interview with Arise TV on


Recall that Obi finished third in the February 25
presidential election with 6 101, 533 votes.


He won in 12 States, the same as Bola Tinubu of the All
Progressives Congress, APC, who was declared the winner by the INEC and Atiku
Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who came second.


The former Anambra State governor also scored 25 percent of
votes in 16 states.


But attributing Obi’s popularity to the EndSARS, Soyinka
said, “For me, the emergence of the Peter Obi movement is the consequence of
events like the EndSARS movement, and all this is done with a democratic
spirit, persuasion, campaigning, mobilizing and sometimes even tutoring a
prospective candidate,” Soyinka said.


“Whether or not my position at the time towards Atiku or
Tinubu was correct or not is not important. What I am trying to tell you is
that we acted out of conviction and therefore, we have absolutely no reason to
appear even to be against any new generational possibility when the time for
election came.


“I have been distressed, however, by this certain aspect of
this movement and we have not come this way, made all the sacrifices to watch
the entire procedure being jeopardized permanently with unpredictable
consequences if we get to a situation where threatening language is being



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