Cord leader Raila Odinga says the ruling party is buying Cord members with heavy resources and empty promises just to destabilize the opposition.
This is coming days after ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba resigned from the Orange party.
Raila said the money which the ruling coalition is using to buy off their supporters ahead of 2017 election comes from corrupt practices. The ODM principal made the statement at Kipasi Primary school in Migori on Friday, but avoided naming those who have been compromised by Jubilee.
Among those in company of the politician include Migori governor Okoth Obado, MPs Junet Mohamed (Suna East), T. J Kajwang (Ruaraka), woman representatives Mishi Mboko (Mombasa), Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi) and Florence Mutua (Busia).
In his statement, Raila said CORD has come a longer way than Jubilee and so while attempting to win some of its leaders “they must know those we expect of joining us are more than them,” Raila said.
Reassuring CORD supporters that they will conquer come next year, the leader said the party will come out stronger in the coming elections.
“We will battle it out with them (Jubilee) like a dog and a baboon. This time round we are ready for them.”
The statement by the ex-prime minister, which claims that jubilee is buying cord members with rotten money, seems to be a reference to Ababu recent resignation as the party’s secretary.
Also, the leader hinted that those hoping to run for political posts through his coalition must accept free, fair and early primaries as those are what the party is bound to offer. The reason, he said, is because the coalition needs time to conduct nominations more than once in case of any complaint.
He also said that his party is bent on throwing up only famous candidates who are also the people’s choice so as to make the party dominate the country’s leadership.
He ruled out as the possibility of direct nominations for any politician ahead of the 2017 general elections.
He also stated:
“Nobody should expect me to raise his hands. I will work with those you will give me.”
Raila is reportedly planning rallies in Western Kenya for the next two weeks in a move to consolidate his support in the region.
The move is to calm possible rebels down since Ababu just put some thoughts into their head after he announced his frustration in the party amid claims he had decamped to Jubilee. Though he denied the claim, saying he is going to create his own party.
Many CORD supporters have challenged him to take a walk. Ahmednasir Abdullahi had said Ababu Namwamba will fail with his plans to create new parties as he couldn’t make it on his own except through Raila.
He accused Ababu of being unfair to Raila because he was made famous by the opposition leader. Noting that he was once his student, Abdullahi said Ababu will lose terribly in 2017 election.