I will use my money to bankroll Raila’s bid – Kidero
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero on Wednesday pledged to flex his financial muscle to propel ODM leader Raila Odinga’s bid for the presidency in the 2017 elections.
Dr Kidero said he will pull all stops to ensure that Mr Odinga wins the State House race next August.
Part of the campaign strategy will be to make sure that Mr Odinga’s votes in Nairobi County increases from the 700,000 he garnered in 2013 to over one million in the next polls.
“I will do anything that to ensure that Raila clinches Presidency, even if I will use money. Raila will change the lives of Kenyans and make sure that there is equality,” Dr Kidero told a meeting of ODM delegates at a Nairobi hotel.
A serious presidential campaign in Kenya costs between sh30 billion to sh50 billion.
On Sunday, Dr Kidero hosted his Mombasa counterpart Governor Hassan Joho in a bid to rally support for Mr Odinga’s presidential candidature in Nairobi county.
Nairobi county will host a three-day ODM delegates conference from the 15-17th October which will culminate in a political rally.
“On the 17th we will hold a mega rally that will be three times what was witnessed in Mombasa. We want to celebrate our party’s 10th anniversary in style,” Dr Kidero said.
The Nairobi governor further urged party defectors to resign or be removed from the party.
He called upon Mathare MP Steven Kariuki, who was elected on an ODM but has since decamped to Jubilee Party, to refund the sh20 million the party used to fund his campaign in 2013 elections.
Nairobi ODM chairman, George Aladwa said that there will be no direct tickets to preferred candidates during the party’s nominations
Nominated Senator, Elizabeth Ongoro emphasized that leaders vying with ODM should add value to Mr Odinga’s State House bid.