Mbadi, who is also the minority leader in the National Assembly, said he lost to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s aide Caroli Omondi during ODM nominations but was given the ticket because he was the party’s national chairman.
“I don’t want to go into detail of who defeated the other in the last ODM nomination but both of us know what happened. The party might have given me the ticket because I’m the chairman,” Mbadi said.
Speaking at Nyatambe village in Suba South during the burial of Caroli’s mother Rose Achola on Friday, February 4, the Suba South Member of Parliament extended an olive branch to Caroli to return to the ODM party.
According to Mbadi, Caroli stands a better chance of succeeding him in the August 9, General Election urging him to forget the past and work with Raila again in the upcoming election.
“I appeal to Caroli to return to ODM and succeed me as Suba South MP. Caroli let’s forget the past and work as a team because I know your strength,” Mbadi said.
However, Caroli rejected the olive branch by John Mbadi saying he feared contesting on the Orange Democratic Movement ticket.
The former Chief of Staff at Raila’s office argued that Raila’s party had shortchanged him twice and denied him a nomination ticket despite winning in primaries.
“I am one of the founder members of ODM and I understand the party better than Mbadi who is the chairman. ODM has shortchanged me twice hence I have a reason to shy away,” Caroli said.