Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharrif Nassir says next year’s presidential race may be determined by outgoing governors who will exert a huge influence in the county campaigns next year. Speaking to a local publication, the Mombasa gubernatorial aspirant revealed his ODM party has huge assets in the final term county bosses who have ready structures and logistics for Raila’s campaigns next year.
“They will be able to give some logistical support. Logistics doesn’t necessarily mean financial support. It may mean setting up platforms for a presidential candidate to do the politics. It makes a huge difference,” the two-term MP said.
Speaking over the weekend, Mombasa governor Hassan Joho confessed the presence of a formidable war chest in the counties ready to hit the ground running for Mr. Odinga’s fifth stab at the presidency.
”I have been maintaining a low political profile to avoid contracting or spreading Covid-19. But soon, you’ll see me hitting the ground running,” Joho said at the Azimio la Umoja tour in Mombasa by Raila Odinga.
As things stand Raila Odinga now has the support of 18 governors, including his two deputies in ODM, Hassan Joho and Wycliffe Oparanya who have dropped out of the ODM race.
Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) , James Ongwae (Kisii), Godhana Dhadho (Tana River), Fahim Twaha (Lamu), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Wilber Ottichilo (Vihiga) and Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma).
Others are Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Joseph Ole Lenku (Narok), Kiraitu Mutungi (Meru), James Nyoro (Kiambu), Salim Mvurya (Kwale) and Nderiitu Muriithi (Laikipia).