Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga could be staring at a huge political blow if the party deputy Ali Hassan Joho executes his political plan.
In a dramatic about-turn for Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, who is also the ODM deputy party leader, and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi, the duo made the announcement separately during public events, saying time has come for Coast region to chart its own political destiny and even produce a presidential candidate in the 2022 General Election.
Hassan Joho is considered a big asset for the ODM party at the coast due to his big influence. Joho also controls huge following beyond the coast region.
While other leaders from the coast have been showing signs of ditching ODM and even supporting Deputy President William Ruto, Joho has always maintained that ODM fully accommodates them, Coastorians.
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It seems Joho has given his stand a second thought and hinted walking out of ODM ahead of 2022.
Mr Joho, who had earlier dismissed calls by the Ruto-leaning Tangatanga legislators to form a party for the region, seems to have now crafted a way to beat them in their own game. The MPs, including Kilifi North’s Owen Baya, Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), and Mohamed Ali (Nyali), have already set their eyes on Kadu-Asili party and announcing plans to unveil it in March
According to Nation, Joho said coast politicians are not going to be slaves of other politicians and political parties from other regions, instead, they want to form their own, with coastal agendas and even have a presidential candidate come 2022.
“It is high time Coast people charted their own political destiny, we shall no longer be the slaves of people who have been using us for their own political gain,” he said as quoted by Nation.
Joho also added that he is fit to occupy the top office in the country, and is looking forward to come 2022. He said he will not accept to be a salve of other politicians.
He added: “If you look at Hassan Joho, do you think I am not fit to contest for President? We have been made slaves of others in each and every election but this time things have changed.”
Mr Joho in his campaigns for the BBI said they are targeting the presidential post contrary to allegations that the region is aiming at a Deputy Prime Minister post that shall be created by BBI.
“Some people claim we are targeting the deputy prime minster post, that is not true since we are targeting the presidential seat so that when things turn upside down, we fall for the lower post,” he added.
Legislators present during the rally were Garsen MP Ali Wario, Abdulswamad Sharrif (Mvita), Mishi Mboko (Likoni), Teddy Mwambire (Ganze), Ken Chonga (Kilifi South), William Kamoti (Rabai), Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe), Andrew Mwadime (Mwatate), Said Hirbae (Galole), Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo.
Others are Jomvu MP Badi Twalib, Kilifi Woman representative Getrude Mbeyu, her Mombasa counterpart Asha Hussein, Ruweida Mohamed (Lamu) and Kwale Senator Issa Juma Boy among others.
Mr Joho, popularly referred to as Sultan, said they will no longer be responding to insults from the Coast legislators who have joined team Tangatanga but will engage in dialogue to ensure the region speaks in one voice in 2022 election.
“We have begun from here in Garsen to bring all people together but we shall go round the region to unite the people to enable us speak in one voice before going to other parts of the country,” he said.
Joho’s new political ambitions are directly a huge blow to Raila Odinga and the ODM party because it means many people from the coast region will ditch ODM.