Internal conflict within Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has fuelled political fervor.
John Mbadi, the party chairman, vowed to resign at the most recent talks.
Mbadi declared last week that he was prepared to step down as party head.
Some ODM Party members accuse the nominated MP of undermining the party’s leader by failing to show up to Azimio rallies in Nairobi.
In response, Odinga stated, “I have not heard anything that John Mbadi wants to resign.
This year, party elections will take place.
Anyone who wants to leave should do so immediately.
The party chairman has every right to respond anyway he sees fit, according to Odinga, who added: “When Mbadi wants to quit, he will let me know.
I doubt that Mbadi wants someone to react in this way when they are furious.
Since the end of the 2022 General Election, Mbadi has been in conflict with some ODM party members.
When announcing his intention to step down last Tuesday, Mbadi asserted that Odinga already knew his stance on the matter and that the only remaining hurdle was the absence of a vice chair to take over the reins.
“I don’t quit my job until we have a strong succession in place; I want to be succeeded, but I also want to serve the party in whatever capacity is needed.
Some people assume I’m yearning to be a chair, but that couldn’t be further from the truth; I’ve already done my part, he added.
Mbadi, who has led the party for the past nine years, stated that it is time for new leadership and added that he will back the chosen candidate.
He claims, however, that he is still a devoted supporter of Odinga and that he is unable to voice against the former leader’s positions.
“Since I am the party’s chairman, I am unable to disagree with the leader of the party.
To be able to do so, I will have to quit; otherwise, there won’t be a party and everything will be in disarray, he said.