ODM Secretary General Lawyer Edwin Sifuna has said he cannot confirm or deny whether he will vie for the Kibra seat or not. Word has been going round that the outspoken lawyer is among the candidates who are most likely to be favored and handed the ODM ticket. The tussle for ODM ticket in the vacant seat is expected to be a tough duel given that whoever gets the ticket is most likely to be the MP.
Sifuna says the party has not received any official application from any candidate to vie for the seat. Speaker Justin Muturi on Wednesday declared the seat vacant.“ODM has not received any application from any candidate to vie on its ticket. I cannot say whether I will run or not,” said Mr Sifuna.
Earlier in the week, former Raila aide Eliud Owalo resigned from the ODM Party an indication he is likely to go for the Kibra seat on a different ticket. Eliud Owalo had no chances of clinching the ODM ticket. Odds were against him after he publicly ridiculed ODM Raila Odinga in 2017 when Ken Okoth was handed the ODM ticket, accusing Raila of favoring the late MP.
It was at this point that Owalo made a long, disparaging, Facebook post praying for Raila Odinga to lose the 2017 polls as a payback for not giving him (Owalo) the ODM nomination for Kibra.
“I squarely blame Raila Odinga for mischievously instigating SELECTION of the ODM Parliamentary candidate for Kibra Constituency for the August 2017 elections.”I’m however eagerly waiting for the results of the August 2017 Presidential elections in which I believe Raila will have no option but to come to terms with the sad reality that Malipo ni Hapa Hapa Duniani,” Owalo said in a post on March 2017.
“I have information at my disposal that a decision had already been made by Raila himself a while back to block Owalo in Kibra based on issues which are already in the public domain,” he stated. Owalo did not know his public statements would later come back to haunt him. Two years later, the Kibra seat fell vacant and he could not take back his words. The only option was to resign from the party and seek a ticket elsewhere.