– The just concluded party primaries has seen some surprise winners and losers alike
– ODM party leader Raila Odinga has met the ODM primaries losers for the first time, amid defection fears
– Raila, and several other key ODM leaders are seeking to consolidate their strongholds as elections draws nearer
NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga met up with ODM affiliates who lost in the party primaries with the first time on Friday, May 19.
The meeting which was held at the Charter Hall in Nairobi, also included the primaries winners on an ODM ticket, and was aimed at consolidating the party support amid fears of potential defections.
Speaking during the event, Nairobi ODM chairman George Aladwa, urged the leaders to unite in the wake of the August polls, regardless of their status in the concluded primaries
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“Division among aspirants will lead to the party’s loss of key seats in Nairobi County and its effects could trickle down to the Gubernatorial race, let us come together as one family and support our candidates so as to deliver a win for Governor Kidero, retain all the ODM parliamentary and County assembly seats and clinch the ones we do not have now,” He said.
Also addressing the leaders, Raila noted that while not all aspirants got what they had hoped for, he pleaded with the aspirants to remain solid in the ODM agenda.
“In an election process, there must be winners and losers, it doesn’t however mean that you are a loser. It simply means the other candidate was better than you. In this regard, we must embrace defeat, rise in unity and support our candidates for we are members of one family,” Odinga told the leaders.
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Both ODM and Jubilee – the two major coalitions in the country have suffered a number of defections from aspirants who cried foul play in their respective primaries.
Perhaps one of the biggest casualty as far as ODM is concerned was the loss of Funyula MP Paul Otuoma who decided to run for the Busia gubernatorial seat as an independent candidate, after falling out with the party.
Raila is set to tour the coast during the weekend as he seeks to consolidate his votes in a region regarded as his stronghold.
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