Another Luhya MP hints at ditching ODM
10 July 2016, 15:08
Vihiga - Emuhaya MP, Wilbur Ottichillo has hinted at the possibility of ditching Orange Democratic Movement party to another unspecified party that enjoys support in the region.
Ottichillo said when Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will announce for vacancies to be contested, he will come back to the people and ask them which party to join.
“I am in CORD. I was elected an ODM MP and will continue being an ODM legislator until IEBC declares seats vacant,” said Ottichillo, who has been a die-hard ODM supporter.
He added, “Afterwards, I will come to the people of Vihiga, whom I want to serve in the capacity of Governor and ask them which house I should join.”
He spoke at Kigunga primary school in Sabatia Constituency during a funds drive organised by area MP, Alfred Agoi.
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The second term legislator further dispelled rumours that he wanted to be ODM secretary general after Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba resigned.
“I want governorship not a secretary general of a party. I can’t take a seat that my brother has just left. I will be deemed a betrayer,” he said.
Mr Agoi asked Ottichillo to join Amani National Congress party, an outfit of former deputy prime minister, Musalia Mudavadi.
“If Ottichillo joins ANC party, he will get our support fully in his bid for governorship in the next elections,” Agoi said.
Agoi asked other Luhya leaders to join ANC because it is a proven third force in the country’s politics, other than forming other political parties.
“I want to congratulate Ababu for ditching ODM. Come to ANC and help steer it ahead because it is already stable,” he said.
Both ODM and ANC enjoy massive support in Vihiga County.
The legislators said western leaders will have no option in the next election other than speaking with one voice and have better bargaining power.
“Other tribes are busy strategising on how to unite, yet Luhyas are busy plotting on how to divide themselves,” said Ottichillo.
He said he was waiting for COTU Secretary General, Francis Atwoli to issue a way forward for leaders from the region.
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