ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga says Mombasa County Governor Ali Hassan Joho has the right to vie for presidency in 2022 on an ODM ticket.
The former prime minister says that Governor Joho is playing his political cards right by expressing his desire to vie for the country’s top seat.
Speaking on Tuesday, March 1 when he started his week-long tour of the Coast region, Raila said that ODM is a party governed by the sole principle of democracy, and everyone is accommodated.
“Just like any other position, Joho can vie for the presidency on an ODM ticket. A democratic system shall be used to vote for a flag bearer,” Raila said.
The ODM deputy party leader, who is in his second and last term in office as governor has on several occasions declared his interest to vie for presidency. But Joho’s declarations have become constant recently.
According to the self-declared Sultan of Mombasa, the time is ripe for the Coast region to produce a president, “after supporting politicians from other regions since independence.”
“I have supported Raila Odinga for many years and I now think it’s my turn to lead the nation and for him to also support me,” Joho said when he was launching the robotic training school in Mombasa last week.
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, who is also an ODM deputy party leader, has also declared his interest for the top seat on an ODM ticket.
Raila Odinga has been the ODM flag bearer since its inception in 2005.
The party has since invited applications of individuals interested in vying for presidency on its ticket. The process of submitting applications has been extended to March 31, 2021.
For one to vie on an ODM ticket in the forthcoming 2022 General Election, he/she has to be an ODM life member.