Mombasa parliamentary aspirant seeks direct ODM nomination
Jomvu parliamentary seat aspirant on an ODM party ticket Dan Aloo has written to the party’s National Election Board asking for direct nomination.
He wrote to NEB chairperson Judith Pareno saying incumbent MP and former Wiper party organizing Secretary Badi Twalib is not an ODM member and therefore does not qualify to take part in the primaries slated for Wednesday.
Twalib was paraded on March 26 at Toonoka Grounds during ODM rally when ‘Pwani Declaration’ was made and announced that he had ditched Wiper for ODM.
But Aloo, who is set to face him in Wednesday’s primaries expected to be hotly contested, said for Twalib to be allowed to vie on an ODM ticket, he had to have been a party member for at least six months.
“Therefore, for him to say that he wants to face me in nomination is absurd because he does not meet the criteria,” he said.
The aspirant, a former long serving Kenya National Union Teachers (KNUT) official, was speaking at a press conference in Mombasa.
Aloo said Wiper was yet to clear Twalib as its member.
“As far were we concerned, he is still a Wiper man. His name was supposed to be purged from the party’s list and then he is issued with certificate of clearance but there is no proof that Twalib has been cleared,” he said.
“This leads to automatic disqualification. He is basically a ghost candidate and should be locked out on a technicality,” he said.
Aloo said he was the sole ODM candidate for Jomvu after Jomvu Kuu MCA Karisa Nzai decamped to Jubilee.
Aloo said Nzai’s departure saw him listed as among the 400 aspirants to be issued with direct ticket by ODM but Twalib “popped up from nowhere”.
Twalib cited frustration and underhand tactic to deny fair wiper primaries as reason for decamping.
He was received by Raila Odinga and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who is also ODM’s deputy party leader.
“I have been a life member of ODM since 2006 and no one can dispute my loyalty,” Aloo said.
By Hussein Abdullahi