Ababu threatens to quit ODM post, Otuoma drops vice chairman seat

Ababu Namwamba has threatened to quit his ODM secretary general post while Funyula MP Paul Otuoma has resigned from being vice chairman.

Ababu, who is Budalang’i MP, said he joined the opposition party believing the people’s personal and national dreams would be fulfilled.

“If the dreams of the people of Busia are not getting fulfilled in this party, we will make a different decision,” he said in Bukalama on Saturday.

Ababu, once ODM’s rising star, had complained of frustration in the party amid claims he had decamped to Jubilee. He denied the claims.

He had been criticised as an absentee leaders but was defended by the party, executive director Oduor Ong’wen saying his position was not vacant.

Otuoma told a rally in Busia county on Saturday that his decision was not because of tribal politics but representative of the desire of the ODM family in Busia. He said the people were not pleased.

“There is no need for me to be a vice chairman if what I say is undermined,” he told a crowd that shouted support for his move.

“I cannot speak as a vice chairman yet not be taken seriously. I am almost 50 years old and I have suffered.”

He said he will officially present his notice of resignation at the party’s Orange House headquarters next week. The MP will remain a member of the party.

Otuoma led six other party MPs to a press conference at which they complained of mistreatment by a clique of officials.

The leaders said they felt their interests were not being served within Cord, both at Parliament and on the ground.

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ODM leader Raila Odinga had said Ababu band Otuoma were still in the party and had asked members to tolerate democracy.

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On Friday, Former Shinyalu MP Justus Kizito urged ODM leaders dissatisfied with the party to join Jubilee.

He told Ababu and Otuoma to learn from Deputy President William Ruto and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi who left the party.

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