ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna has declared that he will not contest any electoral seat in the 2022 General Election.
Speaking in Bungoma on Monday, December 13, Sifuna said he has pulled out of the oncoming elections to focus on making his boss Raila Odinga a president.
“I won’t go for any elective seat in this country, I want to redirect my energy to ensure my party boss Raila Odinga wins the presidency in 2022,” Edwin Sifuna said as quoted by the Star Newspaper.
Sifuna, who unsuccessfully contested for the Nairobi Senatorial seat in the 2017 elections said he reached this decision after consulting his family and friends.
“After wide consultations with my clan, family, and close friends, I have decided to shelve my ambitions and concentrate on supporting Raila Odinga’s presidential bid,” he added.
The ODM Secretary General said his people have been using their resources to campaign for him in different positions in Nairobi and Bungoma.
He explained that there is a hard task to make Raila Odinga the 5 president that awaits him, therefore he would like to direct all his energy there.
“You people have used your resources campaigning for me to go for gubernatorial, senatorial, or even Kanduyi parliamentary seat but it is unfortunate that I won’t vie for any elective seat in 2022,” he said.
There have been speculations that the ODM Secretary General will contest for either – Nairobi Senator/Governor, with others assuming he will go for Westlands/ Kanduyi parliamentary seats.
On October 18, Mizani Africa released a poll indicating Sifuna was the most preferred candidate for the Nairobi Senatorial seat.
He emerged as the most preferred candidate scooping 50.6 percent of the total number of people interviewed across the county.
The poll showed he was ahead of incumbent Senator Johnson Sakaja.