ODM-Scandinavia Disowns Jackoyo Midiwo’s Utterances on Nominations
The Orange Democratic Movement in Scandinavia would like to distance itself from utterances made by Hon Jakoyo Midiwo to the effect that the Party has a list of politicians who have automatically been granted nominations for various positions in the impending March 4th elections. On Wednesday, December 26th, Jakoyo was quoted by sections of the Kenyan media saying that Dr. Oburu Odinga, the elder brother of PM Raila Odinga, had been granted automatic nomination by ODM to vie for the seat of Governor in Siaya district.
The view of ODM-Scandinavia is that such irresponsible utterances are unwarranted while they tend to put the party, its members and its leadership in an awkward position. ODM is a democratic party and it is reckless for any party leader to claim automatic nomination of any candidate for any position in the coming March 4th elections.
The Party has well laid out rules and regulations governing elections and nominations. ODM-Scandinavia would therefore like to warn Party members to act responsibly when in contact with the media or when speaking in public.
The insinuation that Dr. Oburu Odinga had been granted automatic nomination was in bad taste. At a time when the Party has just set its election machinery in motion, the type of utterances associated with Jakoyo Midiwo only helps anti-ODM forces while doing little to advance the interests of the party. ODM-Scandinavia would like to assure supporters who have been concerned that Midiwo’s views on the matter of nominations do not reflect the views of the party which remains committed to ensuring that Party nominations are democratic, transparent and acceptable to all aspirants.
Mrs Hellen Opwapo