|Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero. Kidero has dismissed those calling for his expulsion for supporting a rival candidate in the Homa Bay senatorial race. [PHOTO: FILE/STANDARD]|
KISUMU: Members of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) who have been threatened with expulsion for opposing the party's choice for the Homa Bay senatorial by-election have vowed not to be cowed.
The leaders have also vowed not to appear before the ODM disciplinary committee today to respond to questions regarding their support for a non-ODM member for the senatorial mini-poll slated for February 12.
They dismissed those calling for their expulsion, terming them as sycophants.
They were reacting to reports that Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Karachuonyo MP James Rege and his Rangwe counterpart George Oner had been summoned by the disciplinary team for supporting an opponent.
The party is said to have called the three to explain why they should not be ousted for backing Philip Okundi who is running on a Maendelo party ticket.
"There are many occasions when ODM members have backed non-ODM candidates in elections but they were not disciplined. When Reuben Ndolo was given the ODM ticket to run in Makadara, George Aladwa who is now the national organising secretary supported Mike Sonko. Ndolo also campained for The National Alliance candidate in 2013," Kidero said.
ODM disciplinary committee Chairman Fred Athuok said the party had issued summonses to the trio and other party leaders from Homa Bay County.
Former Rangwe MP Martin Ogindo who is ODM branch chair, and his deputy Charles Were and Kasipul politician Odoyo Owidi also threatened with expulsion for backing Okundi have vowed not to leave ODM.