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Heated Argument Between SG Sifuna And Onyonka On Citizen TV, Over ODM Direct Nomination Favours

It has been termed as the biggest and largest party in East Africa. Its birth right away in 2005 sparked reactions across the national front, especially when it defeated the then Kibaki government constitution amendment drive which sought to change the constitution with symbol of 'banana'. The 'orange' symbol was used by the now most talked famous party ODM, led by Raila Odinga.

It has stood test of time despite failing to secure the top seat in the country on a good number of occasions. Although it has been difficult on the top race, it has managed to secure majority of seats in other relevant positions making it have a lion's share in parliament and consequently influence policy decisions.

The party has adopted the Western style of leadership where party primary nominations are carried out so as suitable candidates are determined to face other rivals.

Today on Citizen TV, Sam Gituku happened to host, Deputy Party leader of Ford Kenya, Richard Onyonka, and ODM secretary general, Edwin Sifuna.

The topic making headline was state of the nation politics, and the contribution party was Kitutu Chache representative who said he has much respect for 'baba'.

"It is no doubt ODM is popular in Kisii region, am the only elected leader in that part of the country from Ford Kenya. Well I have to admit, I have had good moments with ODM. In 2007, I sought nomination but I was rigged out, sometimes later in 2017, they positively welcomed and gave me the ticket, but after some time, a competitor was introduced then saw it prudent to leave for Oginga's party. I want the orange party to be more considerate and fair in nominations and totally avoid all manners of rigging when it comes to nomination."

Sifuna came in strongly, "You know Onyonka, what you are seeking is impossible, the popularity of our party in your region is solely based on hardwork of individuals in the ground in those places, as a party we shall be pragmatic in nominations. It will be fair to give tickets to the deserving ones rather than the direct favour like the one Richard is constantly seeking. There will be favourism."

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Citizen TV ODM Raila Odinga Richard Onyonka Sam Gituku


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