13th September, 2010
A chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Lagos, Cardinal James OmolajaÂ Odunmbaku has declared that it is the party that will decide whether Governor Babatunde RajiÂ Fashola of Lagos State will go for a second term or not.
Odunmbakuâ€™s declaration is coming on the heels of assurance given by the state CommissionerÂ for Sports, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele that members of the state executive council wereÂ fully in support of Governor Fashola going for a second term.
Cardinal Odunmbaku who marked his 64th birthday with a visit to the Modupe Cole MemorialÂ Home for the less privileged, Akoka, Bariga Local Government, Lagos State, made theÂ declaration in his house after the visit.
Asked to comment on the clamour by Fasholaâ€™s supporters that he should be given an automaticÂ ticket for a second term in the 2011 election, Cardinal Odunmbaku declared that the partyâ€™sÂ decision on the matter is final.
â€œThe party has not sat down to say this is the person going or not. The partyâ€™s decision onÂ this issue is supreme and final,â€ the ACN chieftain declared.
He lauded Fashola for his sterling performance in the state, adding that Lagos is now theÂ envy of other states because of Fashola’s performance.
The AC politician explained that Fashola has a good chance of picking the ticket for aÂ second term because no governor has performed like him.
Odunmbaku called on other politicians to emulate him by giving succour to the lessÂ privileged in the society.
The ACN chieftain who is popularly called Baba Eto by his numerous admirers, thanked God forÂ giving him the opportunity to visit the Modupe Cole Memorial Home for the Less Privileged toÂ see things for himself.
â€œI wonâ€™t stop coming here until God calls me,â€ he added.
He donated N200,000 to the home and also gave N100,000 to the staff of the home.