ODM Responds to Daily Nation on Raila's 2022 Presidential Bid

  • ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna (centre), flanked by other officials a press conference at Orange House in Nairobi File
  • The Orange Democratic Party (ODM), has come out to categorically deny reports published by the Sunday Nation, regarding their party leader, Raila Odinga's, bid for the presidency in 2022.

    "ODM Party wishes to alert the public to the false and erroneous reporting appearing in today's Sunday Nation paper, to the effect that Party Leader HE Raila Odinga has declared his candidature for the 2022 Presidential race," read an excerpt of their statement.

    According to the information featured as the cover story, Raila hinted at his intention to take yet anothet stab at the presidency in the upcoming 2022 general elections.

    ODM chief Raila Odinga addresses media at his Capitol Hill office in Nairobi

    "At no time during his speech at the burial of the late mama Eva Donde did the party leader discuss the 2022 election," Edwin Sifuna - the party's Secretary-General divulged.

    Sifuna went on to emphasise that Raila was committed to his new partnership with President Uhuru Kenyatta, with a clear aim of creating a sustainable future for the entire nation.

    The opposition party then went on to blast the major publication for getting involved in the 'fake news' business.

    "It is clear there are elements within the media keen on peddling falsehoods with the intention of stoking public disaffection with initiatives by the Party Leader and HE President Uhuru Kenyatta to bring the nation together and bridge longstanding rifts," read a section of the party's official statement.

    This came barely an hour after Deputy President William Ruto slammed the Standard over a similar incident.

    In his case, the publication had ran a story claiming that DP Ruto had referred to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) as a waste of time as well as public resources. 

    "The public is urged to treat the fake News headline story by today's Sunday Nation paper with the contempt it deserves," Sifuna reiterated.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (l) and ODM Party leader Raila Odinga shaking hands