ODM Governor linked to chaos risks being locked out of party primaries

The Governor has been taken to court by an ODM member.

Luo Nyanza Governros; Jack Ranguma-Kisumu, Cyprian Awiti-Homabay, Okoth Obado-Migori and Amoth Rasanga-Siaya at Raila's home in Bondo after meeting the party leader.

Obado is being sued for engaging in the ODM party affairs without giving notice of defection from People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

In the petition filed at the High Court in Nairobi, the ODM member George Odede said Obado had not officially defected from PDP.

ODM who was elected in 2013 on a PDP ticket has declared his intention to contest for his re-election in August on an ODM ticket.

Odede further argues that Obado had not bothered to formally apply to join ODM.

He also said the Orange Party violated the constitution and Political Parties Act, 2011 in failing to stop Obado from engaging in its affairs before a formal notice of his defection from PDP.

"Serious integrity questions have been raised against Obado. The ODM constitution precludes him from admission as a member until the matters are conclusively determined," Odede said.

The Migori County party primaries are scheduled to take place on Friday, April 21.

Violent scenes

Last week, Obado was ordered by ODM to pay a fine of Sh2 million for ordering youths to storm party offices and for the violence witnessed in Migori recently.

He was also Obado was ordered to submit a written apology to the party leader Raila Odinga.

Earlier this month, Violent scenes were witnessed during an ODM rally at the Migori County Stadium after rival youth clashed ahead of deputy party leaders Hassan Joho and Wycliffe Oparanya’s visit.

Police were forced to shoot in the air several times to disperse the two rowdy factions.

Part of the youth was allied to Obado while the other faction was pro-Suna East MP Junet Mohamed and former Rongo MP Ochillo Ayacko, who is also a gubernatorial aspiranter.

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