Raila calls for a crisis meeting to calm the brewing storm in ODM after Babu Owino accuses the party of betrayal.
ODM party leader Raila Odinga has moved with speed to convene a Parliamentary Group meeting to calm the disquiet in his party over leadership positions.
The Parliamentary Group meeting will be held on Monday to discuss the leadership line-up and the proposed House Committee chairpersons and vice chairpersons.
This comes after Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has called out the ODM party for what he termed as “betrayal” and “blackmail”.
Despite being at the forefront of the Azimio flagbearer’s campaign and fiercely throwing jabs at rival camp Kenya Kwanza, Babu missed out on all positions he could hold in parliament.
He said a number of youths in the party have been selflessly supporting it but have not been rightly rewarded.
“ODM Party, so many youth and myself sacrificed a lot and used our resources in the party over the years, our pay is betrayal and blackmail. It is OK. Tomorrow is another day,” he tweeted on Thursday.
His statements were echoed by Narok Senator Ledama Olekina who regretted that leadership allocation had gone to the new members, ignoring the old guards.
He called on the long-term members to fight for the positions.
“It’s about time we demand what is ours. Enough of always being kept in arms’ way while others chill in their cribs and are rewarded with the lion’s share of party positions,” he said.
The disquiet in ODM which is an affiliate member of the Azimio coalition party comes after the coalition unveiled its proposed list of nominees to the leadership of the National Assembly and the Senate.