2019 Election: Wole Soyinka Backs Kingsley Moghalu For President

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Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has endorsed the presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) Kingsley Moghalu ahead of the elections.

Soyinka, who recently pleaded with Nigerians not to vote for Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, both candidates of the All progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) respectively, said he was supporting Moghalu, the candidate of the Young Democratic Party (YDP).

He said both parties and their candidates have failed Nigeria and have nothing new to offer the country.

This announcement was made in a statement personally signed by Soyinka and released on Friday morning.

According to him, “there is over-abundant leadership quality locked up in the nation, and that it is a collective shortcoming that the political space has not been sufficiently opened up to let soar such potential.

“Well, to cite the Chinese proverb: a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

“Let me reiterate: there is 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.”

He added that “that statement is of course specially addressed to those who took part in this exercise, those who deliberated opted out of it, some of whom were assessed anyway.

“Such potential compelled us to exercise utmost rigour in what proved to be a most daunting exercise. The final determination, however, is – the flag-bearer of the Young Progressive Party–Kingsley Moghalu.”

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