The Orange Democratic Party has clarified that Raila Odinga didn’t apply for party ticket as indicated yesterday.
Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna says the earlier announcement was a mere April Fools’ Day prank. “Politics can be serious business. Politics is serious business every day of the calendar. Except April 1st. We took the liberty of joining in the day’s pranks with our communication yesterday knowing well our friends in media and politics would not know better,” he said in a statement released this morning.
“We see many, especially our political opponents swallowed it hook line and sinker. They came out guns blazing, frothing at the mouth, at an April fools misdirection. You need to lighten up, friends. It’s never that serious.”
Further, Sifuna said, the party leader has put the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) ahead of his personal ambition. “His (Raila’s) long-held position is that he will not discuss 2022 until after the BBI process is done.”
At the same time, Sifuna confirmed that the party deputy leaders Wycliffe Oparanya and Ali Hassan Joho had sent their applications to the National Elections Board before the March 31, 2021 deadline.
“These will be processed in the usual manner by the National Elections Board,” said Sifuna.