The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has commenced plans to kick out Migori governor Okoth Obado for contravening the party’s policies.
In a statement to newsrooms, the party gave embattled governor a seven-day ultimatum to tender his resignation from the party and create room for a by-election failure to which they will seek other legal avenues.
Led by the party’s branch secretary Joseph Olala, the officials further claimed that the county boss had rejoined a rivalry party the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and demanded he be deregistered from ODM party.
“The recent proclamation by Obado to join a rival party while within ODM contravenes political parties’ policies,” the officials said in a statement.
This comes at a time when politicians are not only forming coalitions and alliances but also shifting secretly to other parties as the race to the 2022 General Elections hots up.
The officials however blamed ODM top officials for interfering with grassroot affairs saying this is not the first time they are endorsing punitive measures against Obado.
Kivumbi understands that this is not the first time the grassroot officials from the Orange party are calling for Obado’s ouster.
In 2020, Migori ODM office had endorsed the removal of the governor from office over a series of corruption allegations, the recommendations that were not implemented.
Governor Obado was arraigned at the anti-corruption court together with his co-accused who included his four children over corruption charges amounting to Ksh 73 million.
According to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the accused included 11 persons and 13 companies that were used in siphoning funds from Migori County coffers.
Obado was accused of benefiting indirectly from Ksh 73.4 million that was paid to his four children who received payments from companies that traded with Migori county government between 2013 and 2017.