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Tribunal to rule on Okoth Obado’s ODM membership

Migori Governor Okoth Obado will today know his fate on the controversy surrounding his validity as a member of the ODM party.

This follows a legal battle against him over his last year’s move to defect from People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

George Odede, an ODM member, moved to the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal claiming that the governor did not formally give his former party a notice of defection before joining his current one.

Last week, the tribunal indicated that it will issue its verdict today over the matter.

Through lawyer Chrispin Odhiambo, Mr Odede faulted Mr Obado for violating the Political Parties Act by failing to formally give a notice of defection from the party in which he was elected on as a governor.

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He had also argued that ODM might allow him to keep participating in their party activities including the nominations for the upcoming General Election contrary to the Political Parties Act, Elections Act and the Constitution.

Despite the allegations, ODM has strongly defended Mr Obado saying he has satisfactorily met all conditions set out as well as relevant national legislation before joining the party.

Mr Obado says the tribunal lacks the jurisdiction to hear and determine the matter.

Mr Odede wants it declared that Mr Obado is not a member of ODM and that his continued association with it is illegal.

He also wants his seat declared vacant if he has indeed resigned from PDP but ODM insists that it will take into consideration vetting him if he aspires to contest as an ODM candidate.

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