Noven Owiti @PeopleDailyKe
Cord leader Raila Odinga has said he is expecting nothing short of victory in his 2017 presidential bid even if it means grabbing it. Speaking in Kisumu when he closed a three-day Luo cultural event, Raila said he will be going for nothing but victory in the upcoming polls.
Addressing residents in local dialect (Dholuo), the Cord leader said he will not accept rigging and renewed calls for the disbandment of the electoral body IEBC ahead of the elections. “Adwaro ni mondo ubed moikore kod gi lweny ma en kipande kod ombulu nikech wachomo lweny mager gi wasikwa. To tielo mogik ni nyaka waloo kata ka wakao githuon (I want you to get ready and be armed with electoral weapons (ID and voter cards) because we are facing a battle with our rivals, which this time we must win at all cost even if means grabbing it),” said Raila.
“We are ready to face our opponents in fair play ground but we want to be assured of fairness in the manner the elections process will be conducted that is why we want a completely new electoral team,” he added. He said the Opposition will not go to the next General Election with the current electoral body in place, adding that a new electoral management process should be put in place where election results are released at the county tallying centres before the official announcements at the national tallying point are made.
Government failed Raila, who was flanked by four governors, Jack Ranguma (Kisumu), Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Okoth Obado (Migori) and Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), said that the government of the day has failed Kenyans and hence he would stand better chances of leading the country in the right direction. ODM leaders who snubbed the event included MPs Ken Obura (Kisumu Central), Aduma Owuor (Nyakach), James Rege (Karachuonyo), Agostino Neto (Ndhiwa), Millie Odhiambo (Mbita), George Oner (Rangwe), Dalmus Otieno (Rongo), David Ochieng (Ugenya), Gedion Ochanda (Bondo), Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem), Senators Anyang’ Nyo’ngo (Kisumu), James Orengo (Siaya) and Moses Kajwang’(Homa Bay).