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Hanging to a single seat in the vast Nakuru, ODM leaders want Arama out

Arama's defection has put the party under pressure to identify a candidate who can win the seat back, as all other Nakuru constituencies would be hard for the party.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSunday, 09 Oct 2016 16:25 EAT

ODM leaders in Nakuru County have demanded the resignation of Nakuru West MP Samuel Arama who announced his defection to the Jubilee Party last month. The local officials allege that Mr Arama has been belittling ODM and its leader Raila Odinga's contribution to the nation's development since he joined Jubilee, and therefore should quit representing it in Parliament.

Led by Mr Erick Ogada, the leaders urged Mr Arama to resign from Parliament and seek fresh mandate from Nakuru West residents under the Jubilee Party. Mr Ogada has declared his interest in Mr Arama's seat in the 2017 general elections.

He said the MP has been disrespectful of the party that sponsored him to office and thus should leave it. “If Mr Arama is  man enough he should seek fresh mandate from the electorate under the Jubilee Party and see if he will be elected again,” he said.

Mr Ogada was accompanied by Nakuru County ODM general secretary Hilton Abiola, who claimed that the MP's source of income should be investigated. Mr Abiola claimed that the MP's expenditure was beyond his legitimate income as a member of parliament.

The Nakuru West MP has rubbished a widely held notion among local ODM officials that he was lured into the Jubilee Party through money. He has also dared the ODM party to expel him as it has threatened to do, expressing confidence that he would win his seat back in a by-election.

“I am not afraid of being expelled, let the ODM leadership make good on their threat,” he said, adding that he had not received any letter requiring him to appear before the ODM Disciplinary Committee.

Mr Arama is the only elected ODM MP in the whole of Nakuru County. His defection has put the party under pressure to identify a candidate who can win the seat back for itself in 2017. All other Nakuru constituencies would be hard for the party, given that Jubilee is entrenched there.

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