Mudavadiâs spokesman Mr Kibisu Kabatesi argued Nyongâo could try and justify the decision but the end result is this would not help foster unity in the party. "The intransigence over the party constitution amendments and filing of the old constitution can only be interpreted by Mudavadiâs supporters as forceful eviction," warned Kabatesi.
He added: "Entitlement syndrome is the driving force in this headlong tumble into the abyss."
Earlier in the day, a member of the ODMâs legal team Mr Mweresa Eboso told The Standard that the team had not met to review NEC proposals. "I donât think these guys are serious," said Eboso who blamed the secretariat for failing to facilitate the meeting.
Before breaking for Easter holiday, Mudavadi cautioned ODM members against assuming only they were capable of electing the next president without support of other Kenyans.
"The candidate we choose must appeal to all Kenyans because ODM members are not the only voters. We nominate not to satisfy ourselves but also the rest of the Kenyans who will determine the presidential win," he said when he addressed Kisumu County delegates.
He said party members must be alive to the reality of the changed political landscape since 2007 when deciding on the best candidates for the party at all levels.
"The political landscape has altered significantly since 2007. To win we must adjust to fit into prevailing circumstances. Let us become alive to the reality of changed political landscape," said Mudavadi. Allies of Mudavadi, who is seeking the partyâs ticket, are also disappointed.
Shinyalu MP Justus Kizito, advised caution should be exercised to avoid a fallout in the party. "We are avoiding a split in ODM but it seems that is what they want because they are frustrating us day by day," stated Kizito.
He accused Raila and ODM officials of not being serious with the nomination process. "I suspect Railaâs allies are playing games. I believe they donât have the goodwill to see a free and fair nomination," he added.
Hamisi MP George Khaniri said he hoped failure by the legal team to meet was due to unavoidable circumstances. "I hope they are not playing games with us. If it is sabotage, then that amounts to killing the party," the Information Assistant minister said.
Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu said resolutions from the NEC should be implemented, as they would make the process all-inclusive, therefore allowing wider participation.