Twitter was awash with speculation Saturday that Lang’ata parliamentary hopeful, comedian Jalang’o, whose official name is Felix Odiwuor, had been shoved aside in favour of another aspirant.
Rodgers Mpuru said: “I warned my friend Jalas of party primaries, but he took my piece of advice as a joke…”
Jaloka (@_felsl1) said: “ODM wamefanyia Jalas ile kitu (ODM has shortchanged Jalas?).”
Book Ten (@Bookten8) said: “My boss Jalas has been denied [the ODM] ticket. We are going [to run on an] independent [candidate ticket].”
Odiwuor’s nickname “Jalas” was trending on Twitter at Number Six on April 9, with at least 3,730 tweets under it.
Jalang’o will face off against Oscar Omoke Ocholla and Musali Kaiga Siong’o for the ODM Lang’ata parliamentary ticket.
Contacted, ODM’s chairperson of the National Elections Board (NEB) Catherine Mumma said that the rumours could have emanated from aspirants who want to engage the party in a “psychological warfare”.
“The ODM Party has not met to determine which candidates get its ticket in Nairobi. Being the electioneering period, candidates would use all manner of psychological warfare to try and arm-twist the party,” she said.
“It’s normal during the electioneering period. However, we’re assuring our aspirants of fair decisions at all nomination levels,” she said.
Besides elective nominations, ODM has adopted consensus and direct nomination as a way of giving its ticket to flag-bearers in the different elective seats, apart from the presidential contender, whom the party’s top organ has already declared will be it’s leader, Mr Raila Amolo Odinga.