Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga has until Friday to declare whether or not he wants to contest for the Presidency using the ODM ticket.
Edwin Sifuna, the ODM Secretary-General, announced that Governor Joho had already applied to vie for the seat using the party’s ticket. This means that if Raila declares his interest as well, there would be a showdown between the two leaders.
Mr Sifuna said that they are yet to receive applications from other candidates. However, he said that he knows potential candidates would submit applications before the deadline.
ODM’s National Election Board boss, Catherine Mumma, spoke to a local news station about the issue. She noted that the party has a team that receives the applications. Additionally, she said that vetting would begin after the deadline.
“After the deadline, the team will analyze the applications and report to us, then we will begin vetting,” Ms Mumma said.
Raila Odinga said he would not endorse anyone for the seat, making people speculate that he wants to vie once more. The leader claimed he did not owe anyone any political debt.
Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi hit back at him. Kalonzo noted that he did not need Raila’s endorsement.
“Let me answer Raila while I am here in church. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka seeks endorsement from God,” he said.
On the other hand, Mudavadi called Raila a political con and made several accusations. He claimed that Raila had an agreement with the President prior to the repeat elections.
John Mbadi, the ODM chairman, said he was sure Raila Odinga would tender his application for the seat.
“I expect him to apply. I know he will apply,” Mbadi said.