June 18, 2024

Why Raila endorsed Joho and Oparanya for ODM leadership

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Why Raila endorsed Joho and Oparanya for ODM leadership

ODM Party leader Raila Odinga endorses former Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya for party leadership

ODM Party leader Raila Odinga endorses former Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya for party leadership.

Speaking on Thursday, March 7 during an ODM recruitment drive in Wajir County, Raila directed the two ODM deputy party leaders to unite the party and enhance its grassroots support.

The former Prime Minister expressed confidence that Joho and Oparanya would steer the party forward even in his absence.

“We have Oparanya and Joho… they will stand together. A strong party foundation cannot crumble just because one person has stepped aside. The party is not an individual; it comprises members and leaders. I am confident that Oparanya and Joho will continue to lead the party even if I am in Addis Ababa,” said Raila.

The opposition chief also noted he is willing to advise the two former governors on how to govern the ODM party and make it intact.

“If they want advice, I am ready to advise them. ODM will remain intact,” Raila added.

Either of the two will take over party leadership should he clinch the African Union Commission chairman position.

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The ODM leader on February 15 announced his interest in replacing Moussa Faki when his term lapses in 2025.

If successful Raila would have to take a back seat in Kenyan politics during that period where he would be serving as the AU Commission chairperson.

His succession in the ODM party has attracted a debate with several politicians expressing interest in replacing him.

Ida Odinga on February 24 vouched for nominated MP John Mbadi who she said had been by Raila’s side for a while and was therefore aware of the ODM leader’s political know-how.

“Baba as he goes to AU has mentored many to take care of what he’s left behind. All those years that you’ve been with Baba (Raila Odinga), you’ve gained more knowledge and leadership skills that you can use to lead the people. Are you not able?” Ida posed to Mbadi.

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