Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga‘s Nyanza backyard has now given him the green light to take a fifth stab at the presidency.
The declaration by over 1,000 delegates drawn from all the six Nyanza counties and Raila’s message at Sikri in Homa Bay signals the official beginning of Raila’s quest for State House.
Although he has been traversing the country to popularise his national unity and development agenda, the ODM chief and his foot soldiers consider the Sikri meeting as the launching pad in his quest to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Raila said the endorsement marked the beginning of his journey to State House even as he shared his economic and political plans with the delegates. His political plan is grounded on the quest to achieve national unity.
The delegates, drawn from Kisii, Kisumu, Nyamira, Siaya, Homa Bay, and Migori challenged the ODM chief to take the national unity message to the rest of the country and build coalitions in a bid to capture the country’s top seat.
“We have resolved to unite as a community and affirm our support for Raila as the next President of the Republic of Kenya,” said the delegates in declarations read by Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri. In a ten-point declaration in support of Raila’s bid, the delegates challenged other leaders to join them in pushing for Raila’s candidature.
It is at Sikri where Raila was handed the bible in the days preceding the 2017 elections to contest the presidency. So important was yesterday’s function that despite the ban on political gatherings, Raila’s brigade managed to convince the Government to undertake the meeting.
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