By Simon Achola.
The ODM party Vice – Chairperson Paul Otuoma has resigned from his position in the party.
His Budalangi counterpart Ababu Namwamba who is the party’s Secretary General however left many guessing after he fell short of following suit.
Namwamba is threatening to make quit his position if he is not given more powers by the party in.
The move to decamp out of the troubled orange party or at least relinquish their position in the party had been widely expected after the two senior ODM members in the county called for an extraordinary delegates meeting at Bukalama resort for what was to be dubbed the Bukalama declaration.
But delegates seemed divided over the next cause of action as some favored a situation where the leaders would fight for recognition within the party while other wanted the leaders to decamp.
To deliberate on the matter further Ababu Namwamba has indicated he will hold consultative forums with grass root leaders beginning next week before formally declaring the county’s stand.
But setting the mood former Westlands legislator and cabinet Minister Fred Gumo called for the regions leadership to unite and strategically plan towards shaping the politics of the country in 2017.
Gumo said the Orange Party leadership must work extra hard to resolve teething problems that bedevil the party.
Ababu Namwamba and his Funyula counterpart said suggestions that they’ve been ‘bought’ to ditch the orange party were baseless and only meant to derail their march towards having a bigger say in the party.
The two leaders led a group of nine legislators who bemoaned the treatment of leaders from the Western region by the ODM leadership.
That move saw the party leader Raila Odinga call for a meeting to iron out simmering issues in the party but as matters stand the move might have come a little too late.