Raila Odinga and the Orange Party hierarchy are demanding the resignation of party defectors from elected positions.
Raila is accusing the party rebels of violating the Political Parties Act and the ODM constitution by supporting a rival party.
The party’s disciplinary committee has recommended that two governors, ten MPs, and the numerous other MCAs should be expelled from the party within seven days.
Speaking at a rally, Raila said:
“We are challenging CORD legislators who have joined the Government to immediately resign and seek fresh mandate from the voters. If you think you do not belong to us and you are a man or woman worth your salt, then resign and meet us at the ballot.”
The defected politicians have aligned with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party and are daring ODM to kick them out.
Kilifi South MP Mustafa Iddi called the threat to expel defectors an act of ”cowardice” by the party’s leadership. He added that a member could only be expelled after they tender a resignation letter.
Speaking to The Nation in an interview, he said:
”Democracy allows people to associate with one another devoid of interference by a third party. We cannot kneel down for anybody because we have no fear in us.”
”I have not written any letter for somebody to say I have moved from ODM. However, in 2017, I will use the Jubilee Party to defend my seat.”
Sirisia MP John Waluke took up Mr Odinga challenge saying he was confident he would win back his seat under the Jubilee ticket.
“Let the ODM party leaders make real their threat and expel us from the party. We have no fears. I will retain my seat at 8am any time the election is called.”
Marsabit Governor Ukur Yattani however denied leaving ODM, but rather trying to figure out how to put his community under one political umbrella in order to curb tribal clashes.
The Governor said Marsabit county leaders were in discussion to end politically motivated clashes between ethnic groups leaving open the possibility of a return to the party.