Babu Owino accuses ODM party of betrayal, blackmail

Babu Owino accuses ODM party of betrayal, blackmail

By Joshua Cheloti

Trouble is brewing within the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) if the latest tweet from Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino is anything to go by.

ODM which is today ranked as the second most popular party is already facing what political analysts have described as a silent mutiny with a section of MPs said to be unhappy with how it is run.

It is the said silent mutiny that is what has forced party leader Raila Odinga to call for an emergency meeting of leaders recently elected on the party ticket.

Coincidentally, on the very same day, Raila met leaders from the party, Babu Owino, one of the loyal supporters of the party has come out to claim betrayal and blackmail.

In a tweet on Thursday evening, the controversial legislator lamented that despite the sacrifices and resources that many youths, including him, have invested in the party, they have been ‘paid’ with betrayal and blackmail.

“ODM Party, so many youth and myself sacrificed a lot and used our resources in the party over the years, our pay is betrayal and blackmail. It is OK. Tomorrow is another day,” he posted on his verified Twitter handle.

It remains unclear what betrayal and blackmail Babu Owino was referring to.

However, Narok Senator Ledama Olekina has already agreed to the MP’s lamentations.

Replying to the tweet, Olekina hinted that the issue surrounds sharing of positions within the party.

“It’s about time we demand what is ours. Enough of always being kept in arms’ way while others chill in their cribs and are rewarded with the lion share of party positions,” he said.

ODM has recently been facing internal wrangles that relate to among others the pick of Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi as a possible leader of the majority in the National Assembly.

Party’s chairman John Mbadi has openly expressed opposition to the decision to bypass him for the position.

“I was asked to shelve my gubernatorial ambition which I did. It will be unfair to deny the opportunity on the basis that I am nominated. I have a track record as a Minority Leader,” Mbadi said.

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