Mombasa governor Hassan Joho says he is confident Raila Odinga will be elected the next President of Kenya.
The country heads to the polls in August 2022, and Odinga is, alongside Deputy President William Ruto, considered the front runners to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
And Joho, speaking on Saturday during the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) delegates conference in Nairobi, said Odinga’s popularity in the country, which stretches back two decades, will come handy during the polls.
“I promise you today,” said Joho to the gathering at the Kasarani indoor arena which also consisted President Kenyatta.
“Odinga will win the elections, he is the one who will succeed you. You are leaving this country in safe hands.”
Also present at the event were seasoned politicians including Governors Wycliffe Oparanya, Charity Ngilu, Amason Kingi, and Alfred Mutua, plus lawmakers Junet Mohamed and Kanini Kega, among others.
At the event, President Kenyatta dismissed allegations he chased away his Deputy William Ruto from Jubilee party.
The President and his Deputy have fallen out for the better part of the last three years, with Ruto, in the process, launching his own political outfit namely the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
“As a party, we didn’t expel anyone. Those who withdrew their membership were driven by their selfishness. Let them not accuse anyone for their mistakes. We have been a working and active party for all those years. We shall still continue building this country,” said President Kenyatta.
The President has also indicated he will support Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.