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ODM pulls from Nairobi gubernatorial race after reaching deal with Jubilee

The Orange Democratic Movement party will not participate in the upcoming Nairobi County by-elections already slotted for February 18, 2021.

This is after the party failed to produce a candidate to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) within the stipulated timeline.

The commission had set yesterday December 29th, 2020 as the due date for submission of the candidate names for scrutiny a thing ODM failed to do.

This comes as the party National chairman John Mbadi had told the Nation that the party was keen on backing the ruling Jubilee party on reclaiming the seat.

“I can confidently say that our discussions are around having our partners producing a gubernatorial candidate,” he stated.

“I was not even aware that the board did not submit the names. We had, however, agreed that the board goes ahead to submit the names but that was not the case,” he noted.

The Standard had earlier on December 28 2020 reported that the two big parties were in talks to fielding a joint candidate.

This is after the ODM National elections Board chair Catherine Muma had earlier hinted at a possibility of the party pulling out of the race should they fail to get a popular candidate.   

“There are a lot of considerations to be made after the deadline. We have to vet the individuals to ensure they meet the requirement and they can deliver the seat.

“A party does not go to an election merely because people have applied to participate,” she stated.

Jubilee party fronted former Dagoretti South legislator Dennis Waweru and City businesswoman Agnes Kagure as the aspirants to face it off with other interested candidates.

Others also whispered to be in the race are former Starehe legislator and hustler nation candidate Margaret Wanjiru, and Thirdway alliance’s Canadian exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna.

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