ODM party stops vetting of presidential candidate hours after Raila submission

The Orange Democratic Movement party has today stalled the vetting process of its Presidential flag bearer ahead of the 2022 general elections, hours after the party leader Raila Odinga submitted his papers.

Through a statement released earlier today, by the ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, the party’s National Elections Board resolved to halt members’ application for the position.

According to the SG the board halted the process to concentrate on the constitutional amendment through the BBI.

“After consultation with party leadership and the NEB, the party has resolved to postpone the remaining NEB processes on this matter to focus on the BBI process,” Sifuna said.

He added, “The NEB will therefore suspend the vetting and/or further processing of the applications until after conclusions of the BBI process.”

This comes just hours after the party yesterday received names of the three candidates interested in carrying the party mantle in the forthcoming 2022 polls.

Among them are the Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho and his Kakamega counterpart Wycliffe Oparanya, who are to battle it out with the former Prime minister who submitted his papers late yesterday.

The entry of Odinga in the race has sparked reactions from the political quarters and especially from Deputy President William Ruto’s allies, with Caleb Kositanty terming it good news.

Kositany noted that it was just a matter of time before the Orange party made the big announcement while referring to the one Kenya Alliance as a pampered union.

“This is good news; Raila will be in the race for the presidency. Whoever doubted this is ignorant Kenyan politics. Now the cerelac coalition should name their’s next week if their “nany” allows,” Kositany tweeted.

Raila has unsuccessfully been on the ballot, in the 1997, 2007, 2013, and 2017 general elections.

Yesterday’s revelation marked the end of the constant speculation on his stand in the 2022 race.

The official opposition leader has been on the record stating that his 2022 declaration is pegged on the fate of the Building Bridges Initiative.

“Kabla BBI haijapita sitasema kama nitasimama ama sitasimama (Before BBI passes, I cannot announce whether I will vie or not) said Raila.

This comes after his elder brother and EALAlegislator Oburu Oginga had earlier declared that Raila will be on the 2022 ballot with the backing of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Why haven’t we gone to State House despite winning? This is because there was something we were missing. It is the system.” “System is essential, and now we are with Uhuru Kenyatta, who is holding the system,” he said in July 2020.

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