Migori Governor Okoth Obado has failed to attend a scheduled ODM meeting at Chungwa house. The ODM party organized the meeting to have talks on recent developments.
In his defense, Governor Okoth Obado said that he received a short notice for the meeting. For this reason, he could not attend the meeting.
The Migori Governor also said that he requested that the ODM leaders reschedule the meeting. Obado noted that there was indeed need for dialogue. Additionally, he said that dialogue is the only way the government can manage its affairs better.
ODM National Chairman John Mbadi confirmed that they had invited Governor Obado for the meeting. However, he did not reveal the details of the said meeting.
Governor Obado said that him missing the meeting was not an act of defiance.
“This should not be viewed as an act of defiance. The invite was a bit urgent when I had other engagements, but I have addressed this with the party,” he said.
“Migori is the bedrock of ODM and nobody should try to antagonize me with the party. Internal wars are, however, everywhere but we commit to address them. We want Jakom (Mr Odinga) to fight big wars and we are committed to help him in that. For the local battles, we will sort them out ourselves,” the Governor added.
Obado also noted that issues of rivalry are everyhere. He assured his supporters that together with other local leaders, the would sort out their issues. Edwin Sifuna, the ODM Secretary-General said that the party would issue a statement later on.
“We have started our meeting and will issue a statement on this matter later,” he said.
Sources claim that the agenda of the talks at Chungwa house were to end Obado’s ouster bid. The party recently barred the Governor from accessing his office over the graft claims. However, ODM leader Raila Odinga hinted at a possible reconciliation.