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Nairobi and Nyanza ODM MPs decide to back Raila Odinga for the party’s presidential ticket, hitting Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his Kakamega counterpart Wycliffe Oparanya badly in their bids.

The top party officials maintained that Raila is the automatic ODM presidential flag bearer and told off those daring him to seek other seats.

“We are telling those who are moving around asking for a presidential ticket in ODM, the ticket for a presidential candidate is one, and it will go to Raila Odinga. Let those in the second term to look for MCAs, MPs or ministerial positions, " ODM Nairobi branch chairman George Aladwa said.

The move comes after the Orange party cancelled planned grassroots elections, and instead, opted for harmonisation to fill the positions.

The party had announced earlier announced plans to hold nationwide grassroots elections to refresh and restore its grassroots systems ahead of the 2022 General Election.

 “Elections for ODM, we have agreed, will not take place. We shall have harmonisation because of the BBI, some rogue people will infiltrate our elections and destroy it and say ODM is a party that loves chaos, " said Aladwa.

The Makadara MP told Joho and Oparanya, both of who deputise Raila in the party, to shelf their ambitions and seek other positions.

“Those serving their last terms as governor should finish and look for other seats. There are many seats, but they should forget about the presidential ticket,” he said.

Aladwa spoke at PAG church in Kibera on Sunday before leading a rally at Kamukunji grounds where he repeated their resolve as Nyanza and Nairobi ODM MPs and delegates to back Raila for President.

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