Mombasa governor and ODM deputy party leader Ali Hassan Joho has poured cold water on allegations that he resigned from ODM.
The vibrant leader further distanced himself from the letter circulating on social media. To show his stand, he uploaded the letter with an emblazon “Fake News”.
A letter purporting Joho’s resignation made rounds on social media for the better part of Thursday the 16th of October. The letter had the ODM letterhead and a fake Joho sign. It left many Kenyans in shock seeing Joho is an active and vibrant member of the ODM party.
In the fake letter, Joho thanked party leader Raila for giving him a chance to be at the party. He further encouraged the ODM leader to allow the youth to participate in party leadership.
“I believe during my tenure, I served you and the party members diligently, including organizing for campaigns in different parts of the country including catering for expenses even as the party was experiencing tough economic times.
“It has been a learning experience for me, and I do hereby tender my resignation as your deputy with a hope that you will give the youth another chance and also encourage divergent voices in how operation and relations in your party are carried,” read the letter in part.
Joho however strongly bashed the letter and termed it as fake. He further criticized his political enemies, blaming them for trying to separate the party.
To prove to his political enemies that ODM is still going strong, he captioned the image with the text “The party is strong.”
The party is strong. pic.twitter.com/RGqHjw8ed3
— Governor Hassan Joho (@HassanAliJoho) October 15, 2020
ODM party also responded and termed the resignation letter as fake. The opposition party further called out detractors who they blamed for circulating false news.
ODM’s deputy party leader Joho is arguably one of the most influential leaders at the Coast. This was evident when he always managed to mobilize the coastal region and garner votes for Raila during previous elections.
Pundits also expect Joho to popularize the BBI report once it goes public.