Editor's Review

Friday's convention was a culmination of a series of Azimio La Umoja rallies held across the counties where the ODM chief was endorsed for president.

ODM leader Raila Odinga will be giving his fifth stab at the presidency, it has finally been confirmed.

His fifth bid was endorsed during the Azimio La Umoja National Convention held at Kasarani Stadium on Friday, December 10.

The motion to endorse the former Prime minister for the 2022 presidency was proposed by Dr David Nyamu Njoka, a voter in Mathioya Constituency, Muranga County.

The motion was seconded by Likoni MP Mishi Juma Mboko.

Former National Assembly Speaker Francis Ole Kaparo moderated the motion.

Irene Mayaka, a youthful leader from the Nyanza region, and Moffat Mandela, a youth from Western Kenya, supported the motion.

The motion was finally approved by the delegates setting the stage for Raila's yet another trial at the Presidency.

Raila, who spoke after the endorsement, welcomed the approval.

The declaration was one of the poorly kept secrets given that nearly all Kenyans knew that the ODM supremo will be declaring his presidential bid.

Friday's convention was a culmination of a series of Azimio La Umoja rallies held in several counties in Kenya where the ODM chief was aslo endorsed for president.

{ODM leader Raila Odinga arrives at Kasarani Stadium. Image: Courtesy}

Several leaders also turned up at Kasarani Stadium where they witnessed the ODM chief's declaration.

Among the leaders who attended the event included governors, senators and members of the National Assemblies.

The Governors included Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Martin Wambora (Embu), John Lonyangapuo (West Pokot), James Ongwae (Kisii), James Nyoro (Kiambu), Ole Lenku (Kajiado) among others.

Senator Gideon Moi, a principal of One Kenya Alliance (OKA), surprised many after he turned for the event despite his colleagues at the helm of the alliance giving the event a wide berth despite being invited.

Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, believed to be an ally of Deputy President William Ruto, attended the event also.