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ODM smell Homa Bay win as rivals exit poll

15 January 2015, 18:56 William Korir

Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM can smell a win in the Homa Bay Senatorial by- election after hey rivals pulled out of the race, with more on the way.

ODM received a huge boost Thursday after key rival for the seat Silas Ouko Jakakimba of the United Democratic Movement UDM party quit the race citing security fears over his life and that of his family.

Jakakimba, a former ally of ODM leader Raila Odinga's was expected to give ODM candidate Moses Kajwang and run for his money but his withdrawal has left the race wide open with Kajwang now the wide open favourite for victory.

That said, it is anticipated that there will be a low voter turnout in the poll, with many still disillusioned by the Orange Party's choice to go for the unpopular Kajwang.

Another candidate under pressure is former Rangwe MP Philip Okundi who also quit ODM after the nominations for the Maendeleo National Party.

He is still expected to run for the seat but sources intimated to News24 that his involvement is also in question thanks to pressure from ODM top brass.

" He is under pressure not to betray ODM and him quitting will not be a surprise at all," a source close to proceedings said.

Personal issues might also blight his participation, with word that a famous building he owns in Homa Bay town is up for auction hitting the news feeds and shocking residents.

He is also not quite popular because he is considered more old school as compared to the much younger Jakakimba and Kajwang.

Former PM Odinga hit the campaign trail for Kajwang Thursday, just five days after the burial of his son Fidel to throw his weight behind the ODM candidate and asked for unity within the party.

Already other CORD coalition partners have said they will not field candidates in the elections to help ODM's cause and with ruling coalition Jubilee not in the race at all, it seems it might already be a win for Kajwang come February 13, 2015.

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