Raila explains why Ababu cannot leave ODM
28 June 2016, 13:11
Nairobi - Stop meddling in ODM affairs, DP Ruto has been told by CORD leader Raila Odinga.
The DP has been accused of trying to poach Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba from the party in the hope of persuading him to join his side come the 2017 and 2022 elections.
Raila though, says that Ruto cannot poach Ababu from ODM as he has no capability of doing so and that Ababu will remain in ODM.
" Ruto cannot afford any ODM member, let alone the Secretary General," Raila said Tuesday in Nairobi.
He added that there was room for party members to put out their democratic feelings but that they must be within the law laid out by the party.
" We can share our feelings but they must be within the laws we put for ourselves. They are what we live with and must be respected," he added.
Ababu is set to meet Raila Wednesday to chart out ways of improving their so far frosty relationship and he says that the MP is firmly in the party to stay.
" Ababu knows this is his home and he understands that he is a very important person to this party and that will not change regardless of others who try to make him feel otherwise," Raila stated.
This comes after exit talk at ODM, with Ababu mooted to leave the party having been allegedly paid a sum of money by the DP to do so, according to reports.
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