ODM reorganises itself after Kalonzo threat

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ODM party leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO: RTE

The Orange Democratic movement (ODM), Opposition’s biggest single party, has gone back to the drawing board after Wiper Party fronted earth-shattering demands in the ongoing talks meant to identify the National Super Alliance (NASA)’s presidential candidate.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka insists he is the most suitable candidate to carry Nasa’s flag against Jubilee Party’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, even as his party takes hard stance in the coalition.

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Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka. The party is taking a hard stance in NASA talks. PHOTO: PHILIP KAMAKYA/THE STAR

The party maintains that the MoU Kalonzo signed with ODM’s Raila Odinga in the run up to the 2013 election be factored in the talks but ODM argues the MoU belongs in the past.

According to reports, a section of ODM MPs are now planning to push for Raila Odinga’s exit from NASA and vie to be President on an ODM ticket.

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A meeting reportedly held on Thursday, March 16, discussed the tough positions held by Nasa the co-principal which they reckoned was disrespectful.

Reports suggest that the MPs want Raila to pick a running mate within the party and rally deputy part leader Hassan Joho to kick off massive campaigns around the country.

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Meanwhile, noting that Nasa is a people’s movement and cannot be shaken by the exit of any individual, Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi downplayed claims that Nasa was facing imminent split.

And to pass the message across, Musyoka, Mudavadi and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula will tour the country before Raila Odinga returns from the US.