Joho, Oparanya officially step down for Raila

Saturday, February 26th, 2022 02:44 | By
ODM Leader Raila Odinga. Photo/COURTESY

Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho and his Kakamega counterpart Wycliffe Oparanya have stepped down for ODM leader Raila Odinga in the presidential race.

The two who are also deputy party leaders had applied to run for presidency under ODM party.

During the party's National Governing Convention (NGC) meeting at Bomas of Kenya, the two decided to pave way for Raila claiming he has been their mentor.

"You are my father and I cannot challenge you in any way. We also know what you mean for us and the country at large," Joho who joined politics in 2004 through the support of Odinga said.

"We commit with all that we have to ensure that we deliver this presidency to you. The future is with us. I have formally withdrawn my candidature for the president of the Republic of Kenya now and endorsed you as the preferred candidate," Joho said.

Presided over by Odinga, the meeting is expected to ratify the party's nomination rules.

During the meeting, the top organ also stamped NEC's decision to have the election of national officials rescheduled to next year.

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