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Things falling apart in ODM’s Coast strongholds

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[Supporters of ODM Nyali Parliamentary Aspirant Joseph Ndere protesting against the Party leadership. Photo/Ahmed Omar/April, 04, 2022].

The Orange Democratic Movement Party (ODM) is staring at possible fallout with its ODM diehard supporters and their candidates after the just concluded party primaries, a move that risks scuttling Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.

Majority of ODM candidates are aggrieved lot, accusing the ODM Mombasa County office of canvasing the nominations to rig their preferred candidates.

The MCA nominations were conducted last Saturday in 30 Wards despite claims of interference, bribery, delayed voting and hooliganism.

Candidates vying for Member of Parliament (MP) political seat in Nyali Constituency have complained the ODM directive of not holding nominations in favour of consensus to avoid competitive primaries where sibling rivalry could hurt its 2022 prospects.

The painted scenarios led to agony in the ODM party where the aggrieved aspirants have issued a 24 hours ultimatum to the ODM National, seeking redress failure to which they will opt out of the party.

The aggrieved lot, led by Nyali Member of Parliament ODM aspirant lawyer Joshua Ndere has threatened to ditch the party to run as an independent candidate.

Addressing the media after a consultative meeting for aggrieved ODM aspirants with their supporters, Ndere alleged favouritism in the party towards his main opponent Said Abdalla (a brother to Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho) who the party is likely to issue the certificate.

The lawyer is supposed to square it off with Mr Abdallah and Gordon Omondi for the party ticket in Nyali.

He was part of the aspirants called by the party in Nairobi last month to discuss and agree through consensus over who will fly the party ticket come August, 9th

Ndere said that it is over two weeks since the meeting and no word has come from the party over what the next step was going to be for the aspirants.

BFavouritism

“Let the party make it clear to us, we hear our opponent bragging that he already has the certificate. I am ready to resign from the party and vie as an independent candidate,” said Ndere

He said that the party made it clear to them that it had no intention of conducting nominations for MP, Senate, Woman Representative and the governor seats in Mombasa

“Time is going; we are almost on the final stretch of nominating candidates. Our followers need direction,” he added.

He asked the party to give him an assurance that the process of picking up the MP candidate was going to be free and fair and that the party would issue the certificate to the winner.

“If the party has its preferred candidate, then let it be clear so that we don’t waste our time and resources, we can seek other alternatives so that we meet on the ballot box,” he said.

In 2013, the party lost the Nyali parliamentary seat to Hezron Awiti of Wiper.

Awiti who ran against John Mcharo in the nominations, decamped to Wiper after claiming that he was rigged out in the nomination. He went on to win the seat.

In 2017, current MP Mohammed Ali opted to run as an independent candidate after losing to Said Abdallah in the nominations.

Ndere called on the party to allow the people to nominate the leaders they want to represent them.