Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Kawu Baraje has blamed a few “disgruntled and misguided” politicians for being behind plots to cede Kwara State to the South West in the forthcoming general elections.
He said that the plots would be resisted by Kwarans, especially Ilorin indigenes.
According to him, the campaign slogan, Otoge (which literally means enough is enough in Yoruba dialect) adopted by the APC governorship candidate in the state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazak, was a subtle move to surrender the state to a one-man rule in the South-West, saying the slogan cannot win an election.
Baraje noted that similar attempt had been made in 1954 but it failed, adding that the present one would go the way of the previous one.
He stated that the Kwara people were solidly behind the PDP and its leader, Senate President Bukola Saraki.
“What wins election are the voters and electorate themselves. As far we are concerned, it is not strange to us and it is not strange to any community particularly Ilorin. In 1954, there was a similar attempt to cede Ilorin to the western and the southern part of Nigeria and the parlance that time was that awa Olo West (we are going to the west) and there was an opposite parlance of Awa olo West (we are not going to the West),” Daily Trust quoted him as saying.