Eliud Owalo, the former aide to Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga, is set to be unveiled by Amani National Congress party, a source at Capitol Hill has claimed.
In a letter addressed to Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu, Owalo on Tuesday had insisted that his ideologies with the orange party are no longer convergent thus his resignation.
"It's with regret that I inform you my withdrawal of ODM membership immediately. My resignation is informed by the fact that my political ideologies and convictions no longer have convergence with that of ODM party.
"I therefore request that you facilitate instant removal of my name from the register of ODM party register. You urgent action will be graciously appreciated," he said in the letter.
Orange Democratic Movement party lawyer Tony Moturi on Tuesday dismissed Owalo's latest move, arguing that it had been overtaken by events.
"He left the Party ages ago. He can't purport to leave now," said Moturi in a brief text immediately after Owalo's letter was leaked on social media.
But according to the source, Owalo had joined Musalia Mudavadi led party and the decision to go public was informed by the death of Kibra MP Ken Okoth, who succumbed to cancer a fortnight ago.
He said that Owalo was also motivated by the fact that former Kasarani MP Elizabeth Ongoro, who had ditched ODM for ANC, is on her way back to the orange party.
"He will be unveiled as ANC candidate for Kibra and he has been working for Secretariat. He made it public due to Okoth's death and by the fact that Ongoro is expected to join us," said the source in confidence.
This means that Owalo will after all be on ballot. ANC is a NASA affiliate thus Owalo's decision. Besides Ongoro, ODM could also have Edwin Sifuna, Imran Okoth and Benson Musungu contesting for the ticket.
While Owalo could not deny or admit the fact that he's joined ANC, he however confirmed his resignation from ODM on his official Twitter handle.
I have today submitted letters to the @ORPPKenya to officially relinquish my membership of the @TheODMparty," he said, with the registrar asking him to also write to ODM's Sifuna.