ODM panic as Okundi leads the way in Homa Bay polls
06 February 2015, 13:10
Nairobi - Opinion polls in Homa Bay apparently show Philip Okundi leading the way in the popularity stakes with ODM's Moses Kajwang a close second, meaning a tight race is expected in next week's by Senatorial by elections.
Okundi, who is gunning for the vacant with the Maendeleo Party of Kenya is hugely popular, thanks especially to the unpopularity of Kajwang among the youth in Homa Bay.
They see Kajwang as alien and forced on them, according to many that have been interviewed by News24.
And according to opinion polls from four independent candidates in the last week, it is neck and neck between Okundi and Kajwang, with Kajwang just shading it.
The revelation has sent ODM in panic stations, with concerted efforts to ensure Kajwang wins the elections in top gear from senior party ranks.
" We know Kajwang is a very popular candidate and that he will win the election. Yes, there is competition but we are very confident he will win the race," ODM chairman John Mbadi said.
Mbadi was also equivocal that there would be no stone left unturned to ensure Kajwang wins the election.
" We are doing our best. We are campaigning and we have an elaborate programme in place. We are confident we will get the support," he added.
CORD leaders will be in Homa Bay this weekend to ensure that they vouch for Kajwang, with leader Raila Odinga calling on his people not to embarrass him.
" This is my home. Please do not embarrass me," he said Thursday whilst on the campaign trail in the County.
ODM is seeking to have the seat remain in the party following the death of former legislator Otieno Kajwang.
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