Nyeri politician challenges Jimi Wanjigi’s ODM presidential candidacy in court: “He is not an official member” Kenya News
- Cathy Irungu is the founder of Divas for Baba, a lobby group supporting the presidential candidacy of ODM boss Raila Odinga
- ODM gave Wanjigi the green light to run political campaigns for the party’s presidential ticket
- Another issue raised by the petition is the ODM’s decision to grant Wanjigi a lifetime subscription.
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Businessman Jimi Wanjigi’s candidacy to run for the 2022 presidential seat on a ticket from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is now on the line after a politician from Nyeri challenged the ruling in court.
Citizen television reports that the politician identified as Cathy Irungu has taken court to ask the Orange party to give the green light to the flamboyant businessman to lead political campaigns for the party’s presidential candidacy, although he has not been recognized as an official member.
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Divas for the Baba lobby group
In court documents seen by the press house, Irungu, the founder of Divas for Baba, a lobby group supporting the presidential candidacy of ODM boss Raila Odinga, claims the move is unconstitutional and undermines the party’s position. led by Raila Odinga as a well-known political party. in the countryside.
“ODM has jointly and on several occasions united its efforts with outsiders to the party, including the party concerned here (Wanjigi), with the aim of embarrassing the functioning and integrity of the nationally renowned political party,” it read. in court documents.
Another issue raised by the petition is the ODM’s decision to give Wanjigi a life member.
The complainant expressed concern that Wanjigi’s candidacy was never presented or approved by a duly convened National Executive Committee (NEC), as required by the party’s constitution.
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Lack of objectivity
Politician Nyeri also accused the ODM party of failing to conduct an objective ethics and integrity test on Wanjigi.
She told the Political Parties Court that Wanjigi did not follow due process before announcing her candidacy and launching campaigns.
“There is no reasonable doubt that this decision has caused confusion within the party and should be immediately withdrawn,” she said.
Saturday October 2 TUKO.co.ke reported that Wanjigi had challenged Raila to declare whether he would run for president in 2022.
Wanjigi attacks Raila
Wanjigi denounced Raila, saying now is the time for the party leader to lead the way for other party members and stop behaving like he is the party’s preferred candidate.
“Our party leader, if he is going to declare his candidacy for the presidency, is a player like me. So he cannot therefore chair a meeting where another player receives threats and warnings,” he said. said when speaking to sympathizers in Mombasa.
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He argued that it was disconcerting to see Raila practically in charge of all party affairs, even in key areas such as the nomination of presidential candidates where each member is supposed to be treated equally.
“He (Raila) cannot be a referee, linesman, captain at the same time and is still a player and video assistant referee. It is impossible,” he accused.
The politician wondered why some of the party leaders and Raila allies were getting nervous after opening party offices in some places, especially in the Mount Kenya area.
Source: Tuko News