Azimio – One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga wooed Independent candidate for Kibra parliamentary seat Okoth Imran to bolt out of the race in favour of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Mwalimu Peter Ochieng Orero.
Speaking on Sunday, 17th July, while traversing his hotbed in Kibra and Mathare, Raila assured to incorporate Imran Okoth into national government instead of scrambling for constituency seats.
“I want to tell my son Imran Okoth that I will hold his hand, let him leave here for Mwalimu Peter Ochieng Orero to come in,” Raila said during Azimio – One Kenya tour in Kibra, Nairobi.
Imran Okoth, who is the incumbent MP in Kibra was bundled out of the ODM party nomination race by Mwalimu Peter Ochieng Orero. He (Peter Ochieng) had assured his supporters to vie as an independent candidate after failing to secure the party ticket.
Imran clinched the parliamentary seat in 2019 after he triumphed during the by-election on an ODM ticket following the death of his brother, Ken Okoth, who succumbed to cancer-related complications.
Rallying electorates to adopt his presidential bid in Mathare Constituency, Raila urged Jubilee party candidate Kelvin Kioko Bahati otherwise known as Bahati, to quit the Mathare Parliamentary contest and endorse ODM candidate Anthony Oluoch.
Raila promised to give Bahati a lucrative job in the national government when he secures the presidency in the August contest.
“Bahati is my son, I will give him a job at the national government, let him leave Mathare for Anthony Oluoch. Ruaraka is for TJ Kajwang” added Raila.
Raila’s move to court for Mwalimu Peter Ochieng Orero and Anthony Oluoch’s candidature emerged after Imran and Bahati had affirmatively vowed to defy the Azimio – One Kenya zoning trap and vie for the Parliamentary seats in their respective constituencies.
Bahati and ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna had locked horns over dropping the bid (Bahati) to support Anthony Oluoch in the Mathare race.