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Azimio leader Raila Odinga urges nominations losers to stay put ahead of polls

ODM leader Raila Odinga on Monday moved to quell fallout among Azimio la Umoja affiliate parties over zoning of strongholds.

The Azimio la Umoja presidential flag bearer also implored nomination losers to remain within the coalition, promising they would be considered if he forms the next government.

The former Prime Minister defended the ongoing zoning of electoral areas, saying the desire is to enable the coalition to consolidate the presidential vote.

Raila, while addressing political leaders in Kirinyaga, said the move was to avert instances where internal divisions risked splitting the coalition’s votes to the advantage of Azimio rivals.

The ODM boss said the concept of zoning was not new in the political scene as the same has worked in many foreign jurisdictions like the United States and the United Kingdom.

There has been disquiet among Azimio affiliate parties, some of which have sought to withdraw from the coalition crafted by Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi’s Pamoja African Alliance and Machakos’ Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap recently sought to withdraw from Azimio.

The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties, in response, said it has no mandate to cause the member parties to withdraw from the coalition.


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