Raila's Statement on New NASA Presidential Candidate

  • National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has revealed details of why he opted to quit the October 26 presidential election.

    Speaking to the media on Wednesday, the former Prime Minister alluded to a possible hand-over of the presidential bid.

    He hinted on the possiblity of having a different presidential candidate if a fresh election is conducted where aspirants will have to go through the nomination process.

    "I don’t have to always be on the ballot, but I want my candidate or whoever will be on the ballot to participate in a free and fair contest.

    "There is no need of going to an election whose outcome is already predetermined," Mr Odinga hinted.

    [caption caption="NASA leaders having a discussion"][/caption]

    Going by his statement, it would seem that the Opposition is contemplating a transfer of the bid or endorsing a different candidate.

    Siaya Senator James Orengo has, however, maintained that Mr Odinga did not completely abandon his presidential bid but only withdrew from the October 26 poll.

    Read More: Raila Has Not Dropped Presidential Bid - Orengo Reveals 

    The IEBC has echoed similar assertions indicating that the NASA presidential candidate and his running mate had not submitted the required Form 24A to withdraw their candidature.

    "We note that the Rt. Honorable Raila Odinga and his running mate sent a letter dated 10th October 2017 indicating that they had decided to withdraw from the fresh presidential election. 

    "They, however, have not submitted the statutory form 24A," a statement from the electoral body read in part.

    Read More: Raila is Still in Presidential Race - IEBC Declares

    Despite the apparent mixed signals from the Opposition camp, Mr Odinga maintains that it is not his intention to create a political crisis.

    [caption caption="NASA leader Raila Odinga"][/caption]

    The former Prime Ministerr adds that he is neither seeking a coalition government, rather, he is advocating for a credible electoral process in October and in future elections.

    The Opposition leader has since left the country for the United Kingdom where he is expected to deliver an address on the political situation in Kenya.