Following their recent move to terminate the NASA coalition, the orange Democratic Movement party has devised tough new conditions to work with the coalition’s other three Principals ahead of the 2022 General Elections.
This is after the Orange party invited it’s other three principals to a joint Presidential nominations exercise to enable them back the chosen one.
The Raila-led party told Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya counterpart, that should they beat a candidate fronted by ODM in the new move then the party will back the winner for Presidency.
And to ensure transparency and fairness in the process, the ODM party has told the other Counterparts that they will seek the services of an electoral body.
The Orange party has further urged the other parties to choose the nomination method, be it the suffrage method involving only members of the three parties affiliated to NASA casting their votes or by way of delegates.
Through its Directors of elections and campaigns Junet Mohamed the party added that this was part of the irreducible minimum for them to work together.
“If they want us to work together under whichever banner, let’s have a joint presidential nomination process to see who has the numbers,” Suna East MP Junet Mohamed told the Standard.
Junet continued that the party was not ready to back a weak candidate, with his word being refuted by Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr who said that ODM could no longer be trusted.
“All these processes are predicated on trust. As we speak, the parties cannot agree on sharing the political parties’ funds. How will they agree on a joint nomination?” Mutula Kilonzo questioned.
Kimilili legislator Chris Wamalwa on the other hand said that they had no problem working with their ODM counterparts on condition the the older consesus was still in operation.
“When we endorsed Raila Odinga, we didn’t use nomination. It was a consensus process agreed upon by the principals. We want to maintain the same methodology,” he told the Standard.
He added,” We cannot support a process that can be manipulated.”