May 23, 2024

‘I deserve to be ODM party leader’ – Joho

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'I deserve to be ODM party leader' - Joho

Joho says he deserves to be ODM party leader if Raila Odinga wins the AU Commission chairmanship

Joho says he deserves to be ODM party leader if Raila Odinga wins the AU Commission chairmanship.

In the likely event that opposition leader Raila Odinga wins the AU Commission chairmanship seat, former Mombasa governor Hassan Joho has outlined his qualifications as the ODM party’s first choice for leader.

The former Governor said he is the most deserved to be Raila’s heir.

Joho claimed that Raila Odinga had taught him many essentials of leadership over the years.

“We have inherited courage, democracy, Kenyan values, the rights of Kenyans, and fighting for Kenyans with no fear from Raila. The greater conversation on what we have over the period has been able to learn and inherit from Raila,” Joho said.

“Raila is still here and we need him to be here, but if he succeeds in clinching the AU chairmanship position, he is going to be two hours from Mombasa.”

Joho added that since he began his political journey in 2004, he has been under the leadership of Raila.

He dismissed alleged reports that he started being vocal recently saying his track record in ODM spans years ago.

The former governor said that he lost his business and almost got killed because of his allegiance and support for Raila and the ODM party.

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“I have sacrificed my life over the years, not for six months, on behalf of Raila Odinga. You are doing so because of possible succession conversations, let us respect each other,” he told off critics.

Joho said that he has stood with the ODM party for years since its formation during which they navigated several challenges.

“I’m in ODM, my party is ODM. I believe that ODM should be the party that forms the next government. If I run for president, I will run in ODM.”

The race to succeed Raila in ODM has been a subject of heated debate among party members angling to succeed him.

Raila endorsed Joho and former Governor Wycliffe Oparanya to succeed him if he wins AU’s top job.

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