Three law­mak­ers re­turn to ODM fold af­ter jump­ing ship in 2013

Kopiyo and Olago were elected on the Ford-K ticket and Koyoo on PDP. The law­mak­ers left the Orange Party af­ter bun­gled nom­i­na­tions in Jan­uary 2013

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Three Nyanza lead­ers have de­fected to ODM from Ford Kenya and PDP and were wel­comed back by party leader Raila Odinga at a rally in Kirembe Grounds on Satur­day. Raila as­sured them of full sup­port and said the party will hold free, fair and trans­par­ent nom­i­na­tions.

They are Muhoroni MP Onyango Koyoo, Awendo’s Jared Kopiyo and Kisumu West MP Olago Alu­och. Kopiyo and Olago were elected on the Ford-K ticket and Koyoo on PDP. The law­mak­ers left ODM af­ter bun­gled nom­i­na­tions in Jan­uary 2013.

Yes­ter­day, Kisumu Cen­tral ODM chair­man Seth Ochieng and trea­surer Ed­ward Ogolla praised the leg­is­la­tors for “com­ing back home”. They pledged to help them de­fend their seats.

LONG OVER­DUE

Fun­yula MP Paul Otuoma, who re­cently re­belled against ODM but later re­joined it, also con­firmed he was re­turn­ing as vice chair­man. Ochieng said, “We can as­sure that the pri­maries will be fair and trans­par­ent.”

He told aspi­rants wait­ing for en­dorse­ment to com­pete for the par- ty ticket. The party has lost some strongholds in the past be­cause of sham nom­i­na­tions, Ochieng said.

Ogolla said Raila says he will work with can­di­dates elected by the peo­ple as he con­sol­i­dates votes.

He com­mended Olago, Koyoo and Kopiyo for re­join­ing the party. “We are im­pressed by the wise de­ci­sion taken by the MPs be­cause they were life mem­bers of the ODM party,” Ogolla said.

For­mer Kisumu mayor Sam Okello also praised the MPs, say­ing their re­turn was long over­due. Okello, a close ally of Raila, has de­clared he will run against Kisumu Cen­tral MP Ken Obura.

/ MAU­RICE ALAL

Mbita MP Mil­lie Od­hi­ambo, Mom­basa Gover­nor Has­san Joho, ODM leader Raila Odinga and Kisumu Gover­nor Jack Ranguma at a rally in Kirembe Grounds on Satur­day

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