28 December 2012

Kenya: Siaya Aspirant Rejects Bid to Impose Governor

Siaya — A contender for the Siaya County gubernatorial seat has welcomed a statement issued by Friends of Raila (FORA) dissociating ODM party leader Raila Odinga from remarks by Jakoyo Midiwo that the party top brass had endorsed Oburu Odinga for the governor's seat.

William Oduol criticised remarks by the Gem MP, terming them "unfortunate, reckless, presumptuous, dictatorial and insensitive" to the opinion and views of the majority and reiterated that he was in the party to stay and will stage a fierce fight from within.

He wants leaders like Midiwo who are bent on imposing a leader on the people of Siaya to desist from making such statements.

He says the electorate should not be bullied and intimidated into accepting leaders who are imposed on them.

"If indeed Oburu is convinced that he is popular then why does he fear to face off with his competitors in a free and a fair nomination process?" asked Oduol.

He revealed that he had been under immense pressure by officials close to Oburu to step down for the Bondo MP but vowed that as a democrat and true believer in a new and a changing Kenya, he was ready to face it off with his opponents in a free and fair nomination process.

"Let them prepare for a bruising battle ahead. I am ready to support and work with whoever wins in a free and fair process. I also expect them to do the same if I emerge victorious," said Oduol.

He further called on the Prime Minister as the party leader to reassure Kenyans that party nominations in his rural backyard would be free and fair, given his silence over the matter.

In a statement issued in Siaya Town, Oduol said that Siaya was under scrutiny, as it would be a test case on how democratic ODM is as a party.

"Since Jakoyo is not a national official of the party, at whose behest is he issuing such statements?" posed Oduol.

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