Suba MP John Mbadi has said he will not bow to the pressure to resign and run for Homa Bay senator.
He said many people have told him to run for senator because it is perceived to be more senior.
Mbadi said he will not as he has a contract with Suba residents to serve them as MP.
The seat was left vacant following Senator Otieno Kajwang’s death on November 18. The seat has not been officially declared vacant.
Speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday, the Suba legislator said it is too early to discuss the late Senator Otieno Kajwang’s successor.
“Let us burry Kajwang’ first,” he said.
Mbadi was last Saturday appointed ODM party chairman, a senior position that political pundits have said the MP should now move to the Senate.
But some politicians have asked Mbadi not to gamble with his political future, as it is better to be MP than resign and vie for senator with uncertainty of clinching the seat.
Former Karachuonyo parliamentary aspirant Anderson Ojwang’ said the political situation in Homa Bay is unpredictable and it would be unwise for Mbadi to let go his MP position.
“Mbadi who has since assumed the position of ODM national chairman must now concentrate in national politics and party management and streamline it ahead of the next elections,” Ojwang’ said in Kisumu yesterday.
He said ODM must allow Homa Bay residents to choose their preferred candidate for senator.
“The Homabay Senatorial race is a test for the party leader to ensure democracy, which the party stands for, is upheld,” Ojwang’ said.
He spoke as some MCAs asked the party to give senator aspirant Hilary Alila direct nomination as he emerged second after Kajwang’ in the 2013 general election.
Yesterday, Alila told the Star it is premature to discuss succession in the county.
“This is not the time to start campaigning. People are still mourning and we should shelve such ambitions and accord Kajwang’ an excellent send off,” he said.
– The Star