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Raila, Joho, Oparanya to battle for ODM ticket

By Otieno Otieno

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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) National Elections Board (NEB) has confirmed that Raila Odinga and his two deputies Governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) will battle for the party’s presidential ticket in the 2022 polls. 

The party’s NEB chairperson Catherine Mumma in a statement on Thursday morning, said the trio met Wednesday’s deadline for submitting applications for ODM’s presidential ticket. 

 “The NEB will scrutinize the three applications, vet the candidates as required by the ODM elections and nomination rules and subsequent thereto announce the next processes and time table in accordance with the ODM Constitution,” said Ms Mumma.

The board had on January 21 sent out a notice declaring the commencement of the process of nomination for ODM presidential candidate.

Interested politicians were required to meet the criteria spelt in both the Constitution of Kenya and that of the ODM Party and submit their applications not later than February 26, 2021 before the deadline was extended to March 31.

The confirmation that Raila will be vying for the party’s ticket could mean that, if he is picked, he might be making his fifth stab at the top seat should the party settle on him as its candidate.

Raila first ran for the country’s top seat in 1997 on the National Development Party (NDP) and came third after the late President Daniel Arap Moi (Kanu) emerged the winner and Mwai Kibaki (Democratic Party) who became second.

ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna last Week announced that the party was working on a “broader, better and bolder alliance” that will shake the country and shape the politics of the land for years to come.

“As an avowed centre-left movement, our ideals of social democracy and desire to empower the masses and fight poverty hold supreme above all else.”

“The new alliance will have younger and fresh blood with clear ideological positions on the issues of the day,” said Sifuna.

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