Home » Raila hints at picking Mombasa Governor as his running mate in 2022

Raila hints at picking Mombasa Governor as his running mate in 2022

by Enock Ndayala

ODM leader Raila Odinga on Sunday, December 19 suggested Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho could be his prospective running mate in 2022 General Election.

Speaking at Sheikh Zayed Hall when he met elders drawn from the Mombasa County to campaign ahead of his titanic battle with Deputy President William Ruto, the former Prime Minister requested elders to give him Hassan Joho as he needs his loyalty at the national level.

“He (Hassan Joho) is now ending his second term as Mombasa County Governor, and that is why I have come here to urge you to release him and take me up there. Do you want him to scale up with me? Raila posed as the elders responded positively.

Raila hints at picking Mombasa Governor as his running mate in 2022
ODM leader Raila Odinga has identified Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho as his prospective running mate in the 2022 General Election. Photo: Raila Odinga/Twitter.

The former Prime Minister heaped praises at the ODM deputy party leader saying that since joining politics, the governor has never been a traitor.

In September, Joho who is serving his second and final term as the Governor of Mombasa shelved his 2022 presidential ambitions in favour of his party leader Raila Odinga.

“I am ready to shelve my presidential ambition. I do not fear doing that. I strongly believe that our only path, as Coastal people, to State House is through Raila Odinga,” Joho said.

The hints that the presidential hopeful will pick Joho as his running mate comes at a time when all presidential front runners William Ruto and Raila Odinga are being pushed to name their number two from the vote-rich Mt Kenya region if they need their votes.

The huge voting bloc of Mt Kenya will not be fielding a serious presidential candidate in the 2022 General Election making their more than six million votes become swing votes.

Already, Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua, former presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth and Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui are among those Raila is considering to name as his running mate.

You may also like

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More