You’ll fall and break your skull if you pick Joho, Duale tells Raila
He says Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula stand a better chance as running mate, since they have the numbers and influence
Picking Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho as a running mate will spell defeat for Cord leader Raila Odinga, Aden Duale has said.
He said Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula stand a better chance of giving Jubilee leaders a run for their money, because they have the numbers and influence on the voters. “You are leaving Kalonzo with more than 1.5 million votes and Weta [Wetang’ula] with the Luhya massive following for Joho? You will fall and break your skull my friend,”National Assembly Majority leader and Garissa Township MP said. He said either of the two should be Raila’s deputy.
Duale said it would be a big misstep for Raila to choose a deputy “who hardly commands more than 1.5 million votes”. The registered voters to the Coast are 1.2 million. “Politics is about numbers, the one with the most carries the day,” he said.
The results of the first phase of mass registration shows that Western and Eastern, where Wetang’ula and Kalonzo come from, had 1.6 million and 2.4 million registered voters, respectively. The total votes Raila might get from those areas are about four million – if he consolidates these regions with help of the two kingpins.
Duale said Raila is doing a minus calculation to consider 40-year-old Joho as part of his winning team.
On Sunday in Mombasa when he met the Somali community, the MP said he predicts a straight win for Jubilee, because the opposition is making blunders day by day. Duale was reacting to remarks that Joho should deputised Raila. During ODM’s “10 at 10” celebrations in Kisumu, Governor Jack Ranguma, MP John Mbadi (Suba), Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) and woman representative Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi) said Joho fits the bill.
Governor Hassan Joho chats with ODM party leader Raila Odinga at the Mama Ngina Drive in Mombasa during ODM’s 10th anniversary celebration last month