The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has on Friday (5/05/17) endorsed it’s party leader Raila Odinga to be Opposition’s presidential candidate.
The National Super Alliance (NASA) was well represented by three principals but Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetangula were missing.
Many Kenyans questioned why they were absent from their flag-bearer’s major event, but Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi noted that the two politicians had other personal engagements.
“Let me convey the apologies of Moses Wetangula, who is currently in Uganda on personal engagements. Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto could not manage to attend this event because he had other official engagements in his home county,” Mudavadi stated.
At the event, NASA Principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Mudavadi took a swipe at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stating that they would not accept any results that are not free and fair.
On his part, Raila assured the Principals that he would work closely with all NASA partners to ensure that the coalition clinches the Presidency in August.
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho said the former Prime Minister is credited fighting for a new constitution which has brought with it devolution which has transformed the lives of Kenyans.
“The frustrations of Jubilee give us the impetus to send Jubilee home in August. The future of our children and that of our grandchildren is today in our hands,” he reiterated.
In the colourful and choreographed ODM National Delegates Convention, Odinga was proposed by the Garissa Branch Party Chairman Gedi Abdi and seconded by Busia County Women League Chairperson Angela Nafula, a week after he was unveiled as the joint opposition candidate, NASA.
The ODM National Elections Board (NEB) issued Raila with a certificate that officially makes him the Opposition’s man to battle it out with President Uhuru Kenyatta.