August 9

High turnout will secure victory, Raila tells Nyanza voters

Friday, August 5th, 2022 05:00 | By
A section of the crowd that attended Azimio-One Kenya rally in Kisumu, yesterday. PD/Viola kosome
A section of the crowd that attended Azimio-One Kenya rally in Kisumu, yesterday. PD/Viola kosome

Azimio-One Kenya candidate Raila Odinga yesterday took his campaigns to his Kisumu backyard where he made a strong pitch for the election of ODM candidates and high voter turnout in the Tuesday elections.

Raila, who addressed a huge crowd in Kisumu, said he would need foot soldiers in Parliament to implement his agenda if he is elected president next week.

“I am running on Azimio ticket. Yes, but I am still the ODM leader where the majority of my people are seeking various elective seats,’’ he said.

Sense defeat

The ODM leader said he expected 100 per cent voter turnout in the region.

Raila and his running mate Martha Karua dismissed claims they were banking on State machinery to win the election.

He said the Kenya Kwanza alliance team led by Deputy President William Ruto were peddling falsehoods about his candidature.

“They are saying we are using chiefs to rig elections and we want IEBC to manipulate the outcome. These are signs that our opponents have sensed defeat,’’ said Raila.

Karua weighed in on the matter, saying they were not a State project as claimed by Ruto and his allies.

“We are telling our opponents to face Raila and Martha squarely at the ballot and let them not run away and resort to shadow boxing.  It won’t help because Kenyans have decided,’’ Raila said

The former Prime minister said an Azimio government will continue with the agenda of uniting Kenyans beyond their ethnic origins.

“We want a Kenya where all will feel they have a sense of belonging,’’ he said.

Speaking at the function, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka assured Kenyans that the combination of Raila and Karua would deliver victory.

“We are going to win by a landslide of over 70 per cent,’’ said Kalonzo.

Governors James Ongwae (Kisii), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, ODM chairman John Mbadi and CS Raphael Tuju attended the rally.

Earlier, Raila addressed a rally in Vihiga, the home turf of Kenya Kwanza principal Musalia Mudavadi, where he also called for a huge turnout.

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