ODM Suspends 2022 Presidential Contest Vetting for Applicants Raila, Joho and Oparanya
Raila is the latest aspirant to express his desire to carry ODM's mantle in the race to the statehouse come 2022.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party presidential ticket applicants Raila Odinga, outgoing Mombasa County boss Hassan Joho and Kakamega's Wycliffe Oparanya, will have to wait for longer before knowing their fate.
This is after the party announced a suspension for the vetting process for its aspirants until the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is complete.
National Elections Board (NEB) Chair Ms. Catherine Mumma stated that the party shall review the applications by the three and thereafter communicate the next process.
"The NEB shall scrutinize the three applications, vet the candidates as required by the ODM elections and nomination rules, and subsequent thereto announce the next processes," stated Ms. Catherine undisclosing the time frame.
However, party Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna shortly after revealed that the suspension will remain in place until the BBI issue completes.
Should Raila win in the party's primaries to carry the presidential mantle, that will be his fifth attempt to cling to the top seat nationwide at the age of 76.
Joho aged 45 will be trying his first shot to succeed the outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, the same as Kakamega's outgoing Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. The duo will be ineligible for gubernatorial posts once their second terms end in 2022.