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Soyinka Said He Won’t Support Me – Sowore

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By Toby Prince

The Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, has revealed that Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has told him of his decision not to back him.

Mr Sowore made this known on Sunday via Instagram.

“Prof. Wole Soyinka has expressed to me in private his decision to back a different candidate.

“We should therefore not be surprised should he choose to announce this.

“While I might disagree with his decision, I have great respect for the Nobel Laureate and urge ‘TakeItBackers’ to accord him the utmost respect at all times,” Sowore wrote.

There have been talks of a consensus candidate from some quarters, with a former presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili, having stepped out of the race to make room for such agreement.

Sowore, however, has revealed he is not ready to back down for any candidate.

“I have a passion to fix Nigeria which has been there since I was younger. I am working on how this country can achieve the desired greatness.

“I am propelled by the appalling situation of this country that in spite of its abundance, we have yet to achieve anything; the older generation has failed the country.

“I am aware of some presidential candidates stepping down or the coalition of political parties having a consensus candidate. I won’t step down for anybody.

“I am not stepping down for any candidate because we don’t have anything in common. We are in the injury time before the election, so no stepping down,’’ he said.

Sowore also said he was not scared of rich politicians especially because of his desire to “rescue” Nigeria.

“I am not scared of the moneybag politicians; not scared of acceptance from Nigeria because I have travelled all over the country, including 34 states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“I have been part of the political process in the country and my mission is to rescue Nigeria,’’ he said.

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