The ODM aspirants coalescing around Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba, Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho and his Turkana counterpart Josephat Nanok have dispelled rumours that they do not want to engage in any further elections in ODM.
Addressing a press conference in Serena Hotel, Nairobi, the group maintained they were ready for elections any day and at any venue so long as the will of the people will be respected.
“We are ready for elections any time at any place. . .whether Nairobi, Isiolo or Lodwar,” said Ababu.
Ababu also defended nominated senator Isaac Mwaura from the barrage of attacks over the fracas in Kasarani, terming it blatant falsehoods.
“The whole mayhem was a creation of the men in green, not Hon. Mwaura. Those who sent them, who are very known, should take full responsibility,” said Namwamba.
The team took issue with the ‘shameful’ manner in which yesterday’s ODM delegates convention degenerated into chaos, accusing their colleagues of playing dirty politics yet they were in the same team. All the speakers singled out out Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang’ and two Nairobi politicians Reuben Ndolo and George Aladwa as being behind the chaos which broke out at Kasarani.
Speaking at the same press conference, Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok who is seeking the position of party Chairman declared the Monday NGC (National Governing Council) meeting called by at Orange House an illegality because the old office had already been dissolved.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho warned of a ploy by a clique of people around party leader Raila Odinga of derailing the party’s presidential quest by constantly ensuring the party loses even it has people on its side.
Earlier at a meeting with delegates at Railways Club, Joho revealed he is tired with being in the cold and is not ready to remain in opposition because of mistakes the party can avoid. The team was accompanied by 25 MPs.
Other who spoke included MPs Aden Keynan, Irshad Sumra and politician Roza Buyu.