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Western MPs ask Mudavadi not to quit ODM

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If Deputy Prime Minister Mudavadi had not made up his mind on quitting Orange Democratic Movement, then he could either have been thrown off balance or forced to walk the tight rope.This is because after a fortnight of keeping his supporters waiting for his ‘comprehensive statement’, and sending signals he already had one leg out of the party, half of Members of Parliament from Western Province made it clear he was on safer ground in ODM.

They also looked to have decided to strike at Mudavadi, as he got busy organising for his ‘major rally’ in Kakamega this weekend, where he is expected to tell his supporters what he would do.But the 12 ODM from theprovince, including Cabinet members Fred Gumo, Wycliffe Oparanya, and Paul Otuoma, at the same time appeared to warn him he could get out of the party, but he should not count on their support, something he has been banking In what could be delightful news for Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and his supporters in ODM, because Mudavadi is the last of the 2007 high-profile ‘ODM Pentagon’ club remaining in the party, the MPs also seemed to said if the DPM leaves, it would be by his own volition and not by being pushed.on by courting western Kenya political elite.

But as the MPs sent mixed signals to Mudavadi’s supporters especially in western Kenya by asking him to stick to ODM and fight with Raila for presidential nomination ticket, they also intentionally or coincidentally looked like they were endorsing Raila’s position in ODM – especially since some of them were, in fact, not considered as Mudavadi’s supporters.It could also be argued their action may be a sign that Raila could still remain with a stake in western Kenya even if Mudavadi leaves.

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