Hundreds of support groups in the All Progressives Congress (APC) have demonstrated solidarity with the National Chairman of The Mandate Movement, Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku, popularly known as Baba Eto, describing him as unblemished and principled.
At a joint press conference in Lagos, Wednesday, representatives of various support groups from across the country, numbering about 572 were in unison in passing a vote of confidence on Cardinal Odunmbaku on the resilience and demonstration of capacity shown in leading the group, an office he has occupied for several years as a result of the visible results he brings to the party.
Spokesman of the support groups, Akeem Fashola, while addressing newsmen dismissed allegations of insubordination, misappropriation and incompetence against Cardinal Odunmbaku, describing it as handiwork of mischief makers, who are bent on maliciously casting aspersions on the character of The Mandate Movement national leader.
He urged Nigerians, particularly members of the party, to ignore the rumours, saying more than ever before, Cardinal Odunmbaku has demonstrated outstanding leadership that endeared him to big political actors within and outside Lagos State.
He said, “We have come to review the outcome of the 2023 presidential, National Assembly, governorship and State Assembly elections and how the various support groups of the APC across the country fared. This became necessarily in order to assist us in preparing for future elections.
“Secondly, we are here to pass a vote of confidence on our pragmatic leader, the National Chairman of The Mandate Movement, Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku, aka Baba Eto.
“His foray in the country’s political scenario dates back to the ill-fated ‘Hope 93’ presidential campaign, a period he was appointed Special Adviser on Grassroots Mobilisation by late M.K.O Abiola in the run-up to the poll.”