Azimio la Umoja’s presidential campaign team has defended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s support for ODM leader Raila Odinga in the succession race, saying it is his right to support a candidate of his choice.
The team, which has been striving to consolidate Raila’s support in its Nyanza backyard to curb voter apathy, was optimistic the ODM chief will beat Deputy President William Ruto in the upcoming election.
Led by Kieni MP Kanini Kega, the Azimio squad said they were waiting for the Jubilee National Delegates Conference (NDC) for Uhuru to formally endorse Raila for the top spot.
Yesterday, Raila’s troops praised the President for standing behind his handshake partner.
They found that in other countries as well, outgoing presidents have always backed their favorite candidates to take over the reins.
“We’ve heard some people complain that the President shouldn’t endorse a presidential candidate. It is within his right to support a candidate of his choice,” said ODM leader John Mbadi.
Riding an Azimio wave sweeping the land, the Raila-Uhuru allies rallied the townsfolk to support the ODM leader, who said he was the best choice.
They reached out to thousands of residents at multiple stops in Migori County.
Yesterday, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, who headed the campaign brigade, said the DP had done nothing to earn the presidency.
“He’s been vice president since 2013 and all he’s done is make empty promises to Kenyans,” Joho said.
Other leaders who attended the rallies were Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina, MPs Sabina Chege (Murang’a Woman Rep), Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Kanini Kega (Kieni), Peter Masara (Suna West) , John Mbadi (Suba South), Walter Owino (Awendo) and Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga) and Mark Nyamita (Uriri).[Harold Odhiambo and Anne Atieno]