Jan, 29th 2021 – ODM party presidential ticket race has so far attracted Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Mombasa’s Ali Hassan Joho. The two have expressed interest even as their second and final terms as governors elapse in 2022 August.
Joho has already indicated that he is capable of flying the orange party flag in the general election after the party enjoyed his support in the last two elections.
Joho said, “ODM is a democratic party. I will apply for the position and seek the party’s ticket.”
Governor Oparanya on the other hand is riding on the development record in his county that has always emerged one of the top developed in opinion polls. He asked his party leader Raila Odinga to support him for the top seat.
He said, “We still have a whole 30 days and I still have to look for Sh1 million which is a requirement for eligibility to seek the ODM ticket.”
The two may have to square it out the nomination with party leader Raila Odinga who is yet to announce if he will run for presidency come 2022.
Interested candidates have been directed to deposit a non-refundable one million. The party Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna said, “The National Elections Board is directed to immediately begin the process of identifying the party’s presidential candidate for purposes of the 2022 election by inviting those interested to express interest.”
Requirements for applicants is that they must be life members of ODM, be Kenyan Citizens, registered voters, have qualifications for being an elected as MP and also have degrees from recognized Universities in Kenya.
The deadline for the application has been set as 26th of February 2021.