May 20, 2024

Wanjigi moves to stop ODM delegates meeting

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Wanjigi has vowed to sue the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), accusing it of violating some of the party’s election and nomination rules.

This comes just a week after the party’s Secretary-General, Edwin Sifuna, published a notice calling for a delegates meeting in two major daily newspapers.

In a letter to Sifuna dated February 8, Wanjigi requests that the delegates conference be canceled and that the party’s constitution be followed, failing which he claims he will “not hesitate to approach the courts of law to seek justice.”

“Members of this party are ready and willing to walk the talk in upholding the democratic tenets that this party is known for and will not hesitate to approach the courts of law to seek justice and correct the wrongs that this party has been perpetuating for the last one (1) year culminating into this bizarre and open defiance of the constitution which might ultimately tear the Party to pieces,” Wanjigi’s statement read in part.

Then added “I demand the notice issued be recalled as the same is defective and does not adhere to the party’s constitution.” the presidential hopeful stated.

Wanjigi also wants the party to include the election of its presidential candidate on the agenda of the delegates’ conference and to make the delegates’ makeup conform to the constitution.

“Recall the notice dated 4th February 2022 calling for delegates meeting and comply with the constitution that requires the party to conduct elections of its presidential candidate after every five (5) years and consequently include an agenda for that election as per law required,” Wanjigi added.

The ODM party announced last Friday that its National Delegates Conference (NDC) will be held on February 25 and 26 at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.

Sifuna, in a public statement, indicated that the party would hold its NDC “Pursuant to Article 7.2 as read together with Article 7.5.3 (d) of the Orange Democratic Movement constitution, a National Delegates Convention shall be held on the 25th and 26th February 2022 at the Nyayo National Stadium from 9.00 am.”

Sifuna stated that the party would study the conference agenda and validate the minutes of the NDC meeting held on March 17, 2017 at the Kasarani indoor gymnasium, during which Raila was endorsed as the presidential candidate.

This comes after the Azimio la Umoja movement endorsed Odinga as the presidential flag bearer at the Bomas of Kenya on December 10, 2021, before of the August general elections.

The ODM’s statement came a day after the Jubilee Party revealed that their NDC will be held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) on the same dates as the ODM’s.

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