ODM will hold its grassroots and national elections after the 2022 General Elections.
Deputy Party Leader Wycliffe Oparanya on Friday said the party will not hold elections this year as earlier scheduled because the party did not have adequate time to prepare for the polls and fear of fallout within the party.
“The National Steering Committee met recently and decided to postpone the eagerly awaited elections to direct all its energies towards strengthening and popularising the party countrywide in readiness for the 2022 general elections,” he said.
He noted that party elections might lead to a fallout and divisions that will weaken it ahead of the polls that will affect the party performance.
“We will not have time for damage control increase of divisions by members who will not be satisfied with the outcome of the elections because the General Elections are around the corner,” said Oparanya.
Oparanya spoke in his office when he met six ODM MCAs from Vihiga county who met him to lay out strategies on how to revitalise the party in the county on Friday.
Oparanya said that ODM has resolved to use the harmonisation method to fill vacant positions in the party.
He said that regions with vacancies will be advised on when to start the harmonisation process.
Oparanya said he has elaborate plans to strengthen and popularise ODM in the Western region.
He said that the party did not perform well in the last general elections because it was sharing seats under the NASA agreements.
He added that he was going to work with governors, senators, MPs and MCAs from the party to restore its glory in the region.
“Next week we will have a meeting with Governor Wilbur Ottichilo and ODM leaders from Vihiga County to forge on the way forward,” he said.
Oparanya downplayed the wrangles in the party over BBI adding that the Orange party was still strong.
Oparanya added that he has stepped up his campaigns to capture ODM presidential ticket.
He said his manifesto for the presidency is ready and he has hopes that he will be picked as ODM presidential candidate.
He said once the COVID-19 infection rate goes down, he will traverse the country meeting delegates to urge them to support his bid.
By Darlington Mose