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Nassir rules out exiting ODM

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[Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir (left) with Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho. Photo.Abbas Omar].

Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir has ruled out any possibilities of ditching Orange Democratic Party (ODM) for a new Coastal political outfit.

Nassir said Coastal leaders hugely contributed to the growth of ODM and there is no way he can leave the political party.

According to Nassir, Coast politicians allied to the ODM party should stick to it and prepare to vie for various political seats through the party tickets.

He said Coast remains strong ODM zone and locals should remain loyal to the party and always advancing its agenda.

He said he cannot abandon a political party he has put efforts in building it.

“Even at this time we are seeking the top seat of this nation we will use the same party to seek the presidency,” he said.

Nassir noted that the current efforts to form a Coast political outfit may have come too late.

“We should remain united inside a national political party at this time,” said the Lawmaker.

Mass exodus

His sentiments come as Kilifi Governor Amason Jefa Kingi vowed to lead ODM mass exodus within the Coast region.

Kingi said the time for Coastal people to have their own political party is now and not any other time.

“Before the end of March, 2021, we Kilifi leaders will be out of ODM,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kwale Woman representative Zuleikha Hassan said forming a Coast political party is a total misplaced priority.

She said Coast leaders should remain in ODM even as they seek the presidency.

Zuleikha urged Kwale residents to remain loyal to ODM party and seek all elective posts including the presidency with the party ticket.

“We may pave way for other people to lead the region if we start politically confusing our people with a new Coast region political outfit,” she said.

Coast region has been known to be an ODM strong hold for years, however with Coastal unity trembling and more cracks in the party witnessed, the once strong political party maybe disintegrating according to political analysts.

The divisions come even as ODM party leader Raila Odinga prepares for a week long tour in the Coast region starting Tuesday March, 2.