Amason Kingi Confirms ODM Exit, Endorses Presidential Candidate

  • Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi speaking at a past event.
    Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi speaking at a past event.
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  • Outgoing Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has confirmed his exit from the Orange Democratic Party further announcing his preferred presidential candidate for the August polls.

    Speaking during a function in Kilifi county on Sunday, January 16, the outgoing governor confirmed that he was the figure behind the newly formed Pamoja African Alliance party that has been linked to him since its formation in 2021.

    Kingi stated that the party would not field a presidential candidate in the upcoming election, however, he revealed that they would support the candidature of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

    ODM leader Raila Odinga during the Azimio la Umoja Event at Kasarani on December 10,2021
    ODM leader Raila Odinga during the Azimio la Umoja Event at Kasarani on December 10,2021
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    “Even for Raila, we have told him that this time we shall give him the votes for the presidency,” he stated. 

    Nonetheless, Kingi stated that they would only support Raila for one term adding that he will contest for the topmost job in the 2027 General Election. 

    He explained that he formed the party as a way to prepare for his candidature in 2027 adding that the party would have grown by then.

    “Let Raila prepare himself, in 2027 the Coast region will get into state House. In 2027, we shall move to the position of president. The benefit of PAA does not come to me.

    “It comes to the citizens and because we want to enter the State House in 2027. It is important for us to start the journey now. That is why PAA has come to prepare the way. This is just the beginning, we have just started,” he stated.

    Kingi also hit out at his critics who have criticised him for quitting the ODM party stating that he will still be active in the political scene despite not seeking an elective position in the August polls.

    “I want to tell the people of Ganze, Kilifi, and Kenya that Governor Kingi is going nowhere. So those who are saying that I have brought a party the time I am leaving, I wasn't to tell them that I am not going anywhere.

    “If they come here and say that I have brought a party when I am leaving, let them know that I am leaving as I go to State House, he stated.

    Despite declaring his support for Raila, the county boss stated that he would campaign for candidates seeking other elective seats through his party.