Ali Hassan Joho, governor of Mombasa County has set aside his aspirations of vying for the presidency and he is ready to support the ODM party leader Raila Odinga in the coming 2022 polls.
Speaking during the handing over of title deeds ceremony on Saturday 23, in Likoni, Joho said by electing Raila Odinga Kenyans will pave way for any citizen wishing to vie for the top job at the statehouse to do so, regardless of their ethnic background.
“I looked at myself and thought I was ready to vie for the presidential seat but upon further deliberation, I realized that we have to clear the way first. I realized that we had to put in place mechanisms that will allow any Kenyan from any part of the country to become President of Kenya if he or she wishes to do so,” said Joho.
“After looking around I realized only one person could do so. In the coming elections, we should endorse Raila Odinga for the presidency. In five years time we will be behind him waiting to succeed him in office.” he added
Joho dismissed UDA party leader William Ruto’s tour of the Coastal region saying residents of Mombasa had already decided on their next presidential candidate.
“I want to ask the people from the Coastal region to continue supporting the individual you have supported in the last three elections. This time there is a clearer chance. Let’s finish the journey that we started,” he said.