Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) will use consensus, delegates, or opinion polls to select its candidate for the Mombasa Governor seat in the 2022 election.
Yesterday, ODM leader Raila Odinga who ruled out the use of universal suffrage, said it had in the past “failed to yield desired results”, leading to defections that eventually cost the party seats.
Raila, who arrived in Mombasa on Tuesday evening, met about 50 ODM officials and influential leaders in the county yesterday at a private residence in Kizingo estate, Mombasa.
ODM Mombasa branch chairman Mohamed Khamis Hamid confirmed the meeting, saying Raila was worried about the escalating tension in the party over the nominations.
He said that Raila cited the recent by-elections like that of last December in Msambweni where the party lost its seat in what was regarded as an ODM stronghold.
He said the opinion poll will be conducted by a credible firm devoid of influence from either the aspirants or the party mandarins at the headquarters.
“We also assured him that no one will select a candidate for the people of Mombasa. We will give all the aspirants a fair chance to compete,” said Hamid, adding that the same methods could be used in other hotly contested elective seats in Mombasa.
The ODM officials said Raila was still worried over the shambolic nomination exercises witnessed in the past.
“He implored on the party supporters to accept the nomination results. The three methods will be employed in all parts of the country where the party ticket is hotly contested,” he said. In Mombasa, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir and banker Suleiman Shahbal have intensified the fight for the party’s ticket for the governor seat.
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