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Let’s back just one Azimio candidate per seat, Raila tells Gusii voters

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 01:18 | By
Azimio leader Raila Odinga
Raila Odinga on the campaign trail. PHOTO/(@RailaOdinga)Facebook.

Azimio-One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga yesterday took his homestretch campaign to Gusii Stadium, imploring governorship candidates under Azimio to support one candidate for the coalition to win.

Raila told the residents to vote for candidates affiliated to the Azimio la Umoja coalition so that they can support him if he is elected president. He said that if they elect rival parties, they would curtail  implementation of his programmes.

He appealed to Azimio candidates  Chris Obure (Jubilee), Simba Arati (ODM), Sam Ongeri (DAPK), Manson Oyongo (KNC),  and Josephat Onchiri ( Usawa) to support one of them.

“I urge dialogue so that some candidates can step down for us to have one candidate in every elective seat”, Raila said. He added that he does not want United Democratic Alliance candidates to win owing to disunity among Azimio candidates.

The former prime minister said that other leaders in other areas had united and supported one candidate. 

Respect others

“Arati is my son. I have come from far with him. I nominated him as a councillor in Nairobi before he was elected MP for Dagoretti North constituency. I have told him to respect others and stop accusing them of being corrupt without proof from the courts”, Raila said.

Raila, who was crowned Gusii elder paraded Azimio candidates, including outgoing governor James Ongwae. 

On his part, Ongwae urged the leaders not to go into the election with grudges, saying their rivals will laugh at them and win.

“ We are going to the battle as Azimio. Our enemy is Kenya kwanza. We want all Azimio votes in one basket, be united and work together”, Raila said, adding that the country is at a crossroads.

He was accompanied by running mate Martha Karua, Peter Kenneth, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache, Solicitor General Ken Ogeto, parliamentary candidates Eric Obino (Nyaribari Chache, Kanu), Geoffrey Asanyo (Kitutu Chache North, ODM) and Daniel Manduku (Nyaribari Masaba).

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