Ababu takes credit for ODM's Kajiado Central win
18 March 2015, 14:10
Nairobi - ODM are still celebrating a huge win in the Kajiado Central by election, one set up by the quick thinking of Secretary General Ababu Namwamba.
It is understood that Ababu alerted the party chiefs to the availability of eventual winner Elijah Memusi Kanchori after he had left the Jubilee Alliance Party JAP following what he termed as an irregular nomination process.
Kanchori, who was himself a former ODM member was drafted into the nomination process at the last minute after Ababu insisted that he be the one to take the party's ticket.
And after Kanchori winning the nomination process, Ababu prevented a fallout from the other candidates by having talks to calm them down and ensure they remain loyal to the party in the interim.
" Ababu was the star of the show. He delivered Kanchori and also ensured that the party remained united despite the last minute process. He acted well and has risen his star with that performance," a key ODM aide that did not want to be named told News24.
" He was the main man and he delivered. Everyone is happy," the aide added.
Ababu himself thanked the party for believing in his choice of Kanchori in the aftermath of the elections, a poignant moment for the under-fire Budalangi MP.
" I thank the party for believing in me and my choice, he said of the win.
Whether the delivery will help in his renaissance as a part of the party in the wake of recent corruption allegations remains to be seen but nevertheless, it will be taken positively.
" Ababu is still a vital member of ODM and the Kajiado spectacle has just rubber-stamped that position, political analyst Michael Njenga says.
" It was a big win for them and will ensure he retains the level of respect he has within the party".
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