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Ababu says he's in ODM to stay

07 September 2014, 10:41 Ken Laban

Budalangi - Budalangi MP, Ababu Namwamba has refuted claims that he plans to ditch ODM, and said that he was in the party to stay.

Ababu reiterated his support for ODM party leader, Raila Odinga, saying that he is a life member of the party and will not be pushed away by anybody.

“A few people are using my vocal push of having a repeat election in ODM to create animosity between me and my party leader. I warn them that they are treading on dangerous grounds because Raila has faith in me and I will stay loyal to him as before,” he declared.

Also Read: Ababu Namwamba hints at decamping ODM

“People are really trying to ensure they create a rift between me and Raila but I am telling them in the daylight that their plans will fail miserably. ODM is our house that we put together, we will stay strong together and build it together.”

Ababu also distanced himself from reports that he was opposed to referendum before ODM party elections and said that the issues being raised by CORD were challenges facing the entire country and not ODM.

“As CORD, there are issues we think they need to be addressed. There is need to have an increased allocation to county governments to ensure development projects are felt by people in the grassroots. This cuts across the entire country and not ODM alone,” he explained.

Also Read: Ababu to join Raila in Okoa Kenya launch

He said the collection of signatures in his constituency will be launched Sunday and vowed that the coalition will succeed in ensuring ills affecting the country are permanently solved.

Ababu was speaking during the burial ceremony of former Westlands MP Fred Gumo’s mother, Dienya Gumo, in Budalangi Saturday.

He cautioned a few members of ODM who isolate other members thinking that the party belongs to certain region saying their actions will make the party to lose support in other regions.

“Some people think this party belongs to them. ODM is a national party and their continued perception that they runs the show will harm the support the party enjoys in some regions. Be very careful,” he warned.

Also present at the burial included the CORD principal Raila Odinga, Busia County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Senators Moses Wetangula (Bungoma), Amos Wako(Busia) and James Orengo (Siaya), MPs Geoffrey Odanga (Matayos) Junet Mohammed (Suna East), Paul Otuoma (Funyula), Johnstonne Naicca (Mumias West) and Rachel Ameso (Kakamega County Women Representative).

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