Jimmy Wanjigi Decries Foul Play In Upcoming ODM Nominations

Businessman and politician Jimmy Wanjigi has lifted the lid on the alleged secret happenings within the ODM party, whose ticket he is eyeing go next year’s elections.

He has declared his interest in succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta and has as a result announced that he will be facing off with ODM leader Raila Odinga for the party’s ticket.

But he on Thursday hit out at the party over secrecy, saying that publicity and democracy has been thrown out of the window when it comes to picking party delegates.

He said that some officials have resorted to doing the same undemocratically, claiming that instead of being elected, delegates are now being handpicked secretly “in rooms”.

“I hear that in the party they are now trying to do some elections in Nairobi for places as far away as this. I was in Taita Taveta yesterday and they are complaining that there are delegates being secretly picked in some hidden rooms,” he said.

The politician made the remarks in Kisumu, as he began his tour of the Luo Nyanza region, which will see him visit all the four counties of Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya and Migori.

He also revealed that some party officials are out to prevent him from squaring it out with Raila for the ticket, adding that the plan is to frustrate his plans and force him out.

The business mogul fired shots at this group, saying that it is it’s members who will have to leave the party and not him, should they not stop their secret dealings against him.

“We will not allow a few officials to undermine the democratic basis and foundation of this party and if not careful, we will sweep them away,” added Wanjigi, a close ally of Raila.

Wanjigi, who expressed confidence that Raila will intervene and see to it that democracy prevails, has dismissed claims that he will ultimately fall of the race, maintaining that he is a very serious and committed candidate.

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