Endorsements of some ODM aspirants by Ida Odinga has caused wrangles in the party, with some arguing in support of the move while other members vehemently opposing such declarations.
Ida has been advocating for consensus to avoid a fallout among the party members in the nominations for various positions.
There is a feeling that Ida Odinga’s aim is to make sure there are no destructions from party nominations that could lead to a fallout in the party and injure Raila Odinga’s state House race.
On October 31, Ida endorsed Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi for the Nairobi Gubernatorial ticket.
At an event hosted by Tim Wanyonyi, Ida heaped praises on the MP and promised to support him in clinching the ODM nomination ticket.
“He is a very organised, intelligent and educated person. I worked with him when he was at the Kenya Paraplegic Organisation. If it is something being done using brains, he’s got very good brains. If it is something that needs good organisation, he is a very organised person,” Ida Odinga said.
However, her move has been welcomed by ODM Chairman John Mbadi, who argues that it is a way of avoiding chaotic nominations that derail the party.
“Consensus is not a new thing, it is enshrined in the Party’s constitution,” John Mbadi told the Daily Nation.
The consensus strategy has already played in Siaya where Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi stepped out of the hotly contested gubernatorial race.
“Following consultations with ODM leadership and the rank and file of the party and having listened keenly to the voices of my Ugunja constituent,
“I wish to make it known that I shall not be a candidate for the position of Governor of Siaya in 2022,” Wandayi said in a statement.