Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday declared that the people of Ogun West Senatorial District had been marginalised by the other zones in the state.
He said this while receiving the leaders of the party from the district, who paid him a solidarity visit at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta.
He accused the Ogun East and Central zones, made up of the Ijebu/Remo and Egba, of working against the interest of the senatorial district comprising the Yewa/Awori.
Ogun West remains the only senatorial zone in the state yet to produce the governor of the 37-year-old state.
Obasanjo urged the PDP leaders in the senatorial district to put their house in order ahead of the 2015 general elections to ensure that their zone was not left out in the political arrangement in the state.
He said, “Ogun West politics or no politics, some people have been saying that Ogun West does not have competent people. Tunji (Olurin) and I were soldiers and can a nonentity be a soldier? Is Tunji not from Ogun West?
“Initially, some people said the South had no competent people but God has helped us and we’ve been able to prove that the South has competent people as well as the North, West and East. Ogun West has competent people.
“Why I said Ogun West needs a proper attention is that, if we don’t make efforts, we won’t find anyone to assist us.
“When there are two opportunities in Ogun State, if all the two don’t go to the East, both the Central and the East normally share it. If it were to be three, two will go to the East while one will go to the Central but West will be left out. If the opportunities were to be four, both East and Central will share it equally.
“For how long are we going to perpetrate this injustice? When I was a military Head of State, whenever there was anything to be shared, particularly in the area of education and health facilities, we usually had this problem. The polytechnic we established in Ogun State, I was the one that insisted that it must be established in Ilaro.”