Nobel Leaureate, Professor Wole Soyinka through the CITIZEN FORUM, a group conveyed by him, has announced the endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu.
This announcement was made in a statement personally signed by Soyinka and released on Friday morning.
While making Moghalu his preference, Soyinka noted that neither the Forum nor himself, “belongs to any Third Force or other Consensus seeking councils by any other name and called on Nigerians to “ignore any such attributions.”
On the conviction of the former Deputy Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Soyinka said, “Over the past few months, we studied the careers, experiences and track records of most of the presidential aspirants, and most intensely those actually short-listed by the opposition parties themselves.
“Like millions of Nigerians, we watched the debates. I physically interacted with some of the acknowledged top contenders, in some cases several times. We participated in HANDSHAKE ACROSS NIGERIA, where some candidates presented their briefs.
“Among others, I delivered a keynote address. We watched television interviews. We have exchanged notes with highly respected international Civil Servants.
“Assessment parameters considered before the choice include, “mental preparedness, analytical aptitude, response to the nation’s security challenges, economic grounding, grasp of socio-political actualities, including a remedial concern with the Nigerian image in foreign perception etc. etc. not forgetting a convincing commitment to governance and resource decentralization – commonly referred to as Restructuring.”
He expressed optimism that Moghalu would enjoy wide range support form Nigerians to say, “Evil Spirit, leave us be!” being the meaning of “Moghalu”