Thegazellenews.com has been able to unearth more inside news on how the Deputy Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku, a.k.a. Baba Eto, planned to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This medium learnt that the APC chieftain allegedly met with Chief Olabode George and other PDP chieftains in Lagos and they all allegedly assured him of big reception and acceptance in the ruling party at the centre.
It was after the meeting that Baba Eto allegedly invited all local government chairmen of the Mandate Group and informed them of the decision to change the name to the Good Shepard group.
Thegazellenews.com learnt further that Odunmbaku allegedly planned to defect to PDP with the Good Shepard group as his bargaining tool.
It was further learnt that he allegedly deliberately stayed away from the final mega rally of the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the Saturday, 9th August, 2014, after getting assurance from Bode George and other PDP chieftain that there is no way Aregbesola would win the election.
This allegedly paved the way for Baba Eto to travel outside the country without informing neither Aregbesola nor the leadership of the APC including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
On Saturday, 2nd August, 2014, one of Odunmbaku’s children wedded in Lagos and Baba Eto quietly left the country about 24 hours before the final mega rally of Aregbesola which took place in Osogbo on Tuesday, 5th August, 2014.
It was after the public declaration of Aregbesola as the winner of the Osun governorship poll that Baba Eto allegedly called the Governor to congratulate him.
Thegazellenews.com learnt further that Odunmbaku told Aregbesola that he was spiritually advised not to travel to Osogbo hence his decision not to attend the mega rally.
According to him, he received the spiritual advice thrice, hence his decision to travel abroad. He also stated further that he went abroad to attend to his failing health.
He was allegedly challenged on why he did not informed the party leadership of his intention to travel and reasons for his trip to which he had no answer.
Thegazellenews.com learnt further that the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is aware of Baba Eto’s alleged meeting with Bode George and other PDP chieftain.
Baba Eto is still abroad hence efforts to get his own side of the story have proved abortive so far. However, some of his close associates who spoke to thegazellenews.com denied any knowledge of his plan to defect to PDP.