Don’t fear me in a contest – Wanjigi tells Raila
Presidential aspirant Jimi Wanjigi now wants Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga to stop playing cards with the party’s nominations.
Irked by Odinga’s utterances that the party nomination exercise will be conducted through consensus, Wanjigi said that ODM belongs to thousands of members and not a few individuals and that democracy should be upheld in all the party affairs.
Speaking in Thika, Kiambu County where he met university students whom he urged to rally behind his presidential bid, Wanjigi said delegates should be allowed to select leaders in all the elective positions as stipulated in the ODM constitution.
He told Odinga to stop expressing fear of a contest between the two saying that beside being fearless to battle it out with his party boss, he was also prepared to move all the way to the ballot.
“ODM party belongs to the people and people should stop being afraid of contests. Some of us are not fearful. We are ready and very much prepared to face you whoever you are. There are no shortcuts in democracy,” he said, warning Odinga against holding closed door meetings to make the party decisions without members' consent.
In what has degenerated to a showdown between the two, Odinga on Wednesday backed consensus nomination of flag bearers instead of primaries ahead of 2022 polls.
While encouraging dialogue among aspirants to reach a consensus on the best person to fly the party flag, Odinga had insisted that disagreements among hopeful politicians will compel the party to issue direct tickets to the best suited candidates.