Raila's former campaign manager quits ODM as Kibra race heats up

He is among those seeking to succeed Ken Okoth in Kibra

Raila Odinga's former campaign manager, Eliud Owalo, quits ODM as Kibra parliamentary race heats up

ODM Leader Raila Odinga’s former campaign manager and close aide Eliud Owalo on Tuesday announced his resignation from the  orange party.

In a letter to the Registrar of Political Parties, Owalo said his enthusiasm in ODM had waned and asked for his name to be scrapped from the ODM register of members.

His resignation came as the race for the Kibra parliamentary by-election has gained momentum with several bigwigs in ODM looking for the ticket.

Owalo unsuccessfully sought the ODM ticket in 2017 but lost to the immediate former Kibra MP Ken Okoth.

At the time, he maintained that he had been rigged out of the nominations but did not go ahead to challenge Okoth as an independent candidate.

Owalo had for many years been a close ally of the ODM leader and served as the campaign manager for Odinga's unsuccessful presidential election in 2013.

It is likely that the management consultant is planning to contest the Kibra parliamentary seat on a different party ticket, most probably on Musalia Mudavadi’s ANC party which he has recently been cozy with.

Meanwhile, those eyeing the coveted ODM ticket in Kibra include ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, former nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro, former Embakasi South MP Irshad Sumra, ODM youth leader Benson Musungu, and Okoth's brother, Mr Imran Okoth who was seconded by the family of the late MP.

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