Odinga to chair committee meeting ahead of ODM grassroots elections

ODM party leader Raila Odinga during a political meeting, [Photo :KBC]

ODM party leader Raila Odinga is on Tuesday expected to chair the party’s central committee meeting ahead of the party grassroots elections slated for next month.

ODM Chairman John Mbadi stated that it will be highly unlikely for the political outfit to hold the exercise as the election coordinating committee has not been formed.

This comes amidst nasty infightings within the party on who among his key allies will succeed him.

A factional battle is ensuing between two deputies Wycliffe Oparanya and Hassan Joho who are seeking to put in place their allies in ODM leadership positions during the grassroots elections as they boost their chances of succeeding Odinga.

“There is no infighting, what we are saying is that there should be no discordant voices in the party that would cause panic among our supporters. That’s the confidence we are giving,” said Mbadi.

At the start of the year, the party put together massive registration and recruitment in the country looking ahead to the national party elections expected in April this year, however there is a sense of uncertainty whether the elections will take place.

“There could be some challenges with us holding the grassroots elections in April because our elections committee is not in place but that’s the decision the party will take next week,” he added.

Odinga’s focus has for a while shifted off party politics, concentrating on his African Union Chairmanship bid with the process of lobbying ongoing and East African countries supporting his bid for the position.

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