Kilifi County has been an ODM stronghold for years but the outfit faces opposition from Pamoja African Alliance (PAA), a party associated with Governor Amason Kingi. Deputy President William Ruto’s UDA has also made little inroads as his pointperson in Kilifi County being Malind MP Aisha Jumwa.
ODM is facing this year’s election with different structures and strategies to guard its influence in its strongholds like Kilifi County. Part of the Structural changes that the Party made in Kilifi was to elevate Ganze MP Teddy Mwambire to the position of the County Coordinating Chairman.
As the Kilifi county ODM chairperson, all eyes are on Teddy Mwambire as the Party is about to comduct its primaries.
He has however reiterated that the ODM party nominations in Kililifi will be well coordinated, free and fair. He said this through a press release to media from his office.
Mwambire noted that ODM has learnt from its past mistakes during nominations.He allayed fears that many aspiring politicians will decamp to other parties fearing biasness and outright rigging during the exercise.
"I can confidently inform the public that the ODM nominations in Kilifi County will be more organized, transparent and trusted than expected by our immediate opponents." Said Mwambire.
His sentiments come amid of speculations that the party will issue direct tickets to some aspirants in the county.The Mp further asked their supporters to be patient as the they wait for both the party’s list and nomination date.
"I currently urge all ODM aspirants to enhance their engagements with party members and supporters as we wait for both the final party list and nomination date." Urged Mwambire.
However, Mwambire said negotiations for direct nomimnations are open instead of party primaries.
"I have given a node to candidates to voluntary negotiate between themselves but they should not fear nominations because we’re committed to offer the best." He added.
Kilifi county is among the counties that will experience tight competition in gubernatorial seat. The seat has attracted strong powerful leaders including Aisha Jumwa, George Kithi, Gideon Mung’aro, Jimmy Kahindi among others.
ODM nomination contest is between Gideon Mung’aro and Jimmy Kahindi. Efforts by the National Elections Board (NEB) to convince the ODM aspirants to agree on one best suitable candidate so as to allow direct nominations and prevent divisions in the party are yet to bear fruits.