Datti Baba-Ahmed states reasons why he won’t engage Soyinka in debate

 

Vice-Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, on Saturday, rejected Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka’s challenge to an open debate.

Soyinka had challenged Datti to an open debate following attacks on him by ‘Obidients’ who were not happy with his reaction to Datti’s comments on the February 25 presidential election.

“Like many Nigerians we are bewildered by the late hour intervention of our respected Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka in issues around the flawed 2023 elections. Where was he all this while?

Head of Media Obi-Datti campaign team, Mr. Diran Onifade, in a statement issued on Datti’s behalf, said, “One of those who should ordinarily and rightfully be honoured as the conscience of the nation, Prof. Soyinka is now criminalising dissent and infact weighing in on the side of fraud and injustice! We state therefore that the vice-presidential candidate of Labour Party, Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, cannot take up Prof. Soyinka’s offer of a public debate, not out of cowardice, but for cultural and political reasons.”

He argued that culturally it is just not decent, their age and accomplishment gaps taken into account, for Datti to sit opposite the 88 year-old global icon and point out his folly to his face, even if the old man called for it.

The statement added, “And politically there is no basis for such a challenge in that Prof. is not on any of the opposite ballots.

“If however he can use his influence to drag his preferred candidates, who resisted debates throughout the campaign, to the studio this second, Datti says he is more than willing to take them on.”

 

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