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‘Brave brother of Africa’ – Saraki writes Kenya’s Raila Odinga on presidential ambition

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  Brave brother of Africa Saraki writes Kenya s Raila Odinga on presidential ambition

Former President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has penned a special message to prominent Kenya’s politician, Raila Odinga, who has expressed interest in his country’s presidential election.

Saraki, who is said to be eyeing the 2023 presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a post on his Facebook page on Saturday, described Odinga as a brave man.

He said : “My Dear Friend Raila Odinga, my brave brother of our African soil.

” When we first met in 2016, I remember so vividly how you shared with me your aspirations to improve your nation. Your vision left me with no doubt that you are a man of fortitude and foresight, that truly cares.

” As you have taken the bold step to declare your bid for the Presidency of your great country Kenya, under the Orange Democratic Movement, I am excited for you, your country, and your family.

” As you begin this journey, I wish you, your family, and your supporters across Kenya, a peaceful and successful campaign.
Good luck, my brother and my friend!”

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PlatinumPost reports that Odinga, born 7 January 1945, served as the Prime Minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013.

He was the main opposition candidate in the 2007 presidential election, running against the then incumbent Mwai Kibaki.

In the subsequent presidential election five years later, he placed second against Uhuru Kenyatta, garnering 5,340,546 votes, which represented 43.28% of the total votes cast.[6] He made another attempt for the presidency in August 2017 against Uhuru Kenyatta.

The electoral body declared Uhuru Kenyatta winner with 54% of the votes cast to Odinga’s 43%.

The outcome was eventually annulled by the Supreme Court following findings that the election was marred by “illegalities and irregularities”.

A subsequent fresh election ordered by the Court was won by Uhuru Kenyatta when Odinga declined to participate citing inadequate reforms to enable a fair process in the repeat poll.

 

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