Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has officially declared his intention to contest the 2022 Presidency.
Odinga made this public after he applied for the 2022 ODM presidential ticket. He is set to face off with Governors; Hassan Joho (Mombasa) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) who have also applied for the ticket.
In a statement, ODM confirmed the three applicants and wished them well, adding that all will be subjected to vetting before the next step is announced.
Here is ODM’s full statement:
On January 21, 2021, the National Elections Board sent out a notice declaring the commencement of the process of nomination for ODM presidential candidate. Persons interested therein were required to meet the criteria spelt in both the Constitution of Kenya and the ODM Party Constitution and submit their applications not later than February 26, 2021.
Following a request by some of the interested candidates, the deadline for submission of the application was extended to March 31, 2021. We wish to inform our members that as of close of business yesterday, the following persons had submitted their applications in the prescribed manner:
1. Joho, Ali Hassan
2. Odinga, Raila Amolo
3. Oparanya, Wycliffe Ambetsa
The NEB shall scrutinize the three applications, vet the candidates as required by the ODM Elections and Nomination Rules and subsequent thereto announce the next processes and timetable in accordance with the ODM Constitution.