Elections and nominations must never divide us – Raila

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RAILA ODINGA

We have come to the end of very complex and fiercely competitive election primaries.

On behalf of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy, I wish to congratulate all those who sought our ticket, those who won and those who were not successful.

The huge interest in the party’s ticket was clearly a manifestation of the strong desire for change and the belief that CORD is the force for change in the country.

I look forward to working very closely with all the winners to ensure we secure a decisive victory on March 4th.

We also have a role for all those who have not been able to secure victory in the primaries.

My word to all of them is that we need everybody on board. Let all of us join hands now, the winners and those they beat, to campaign for our victory on March 4th.

My congratulations go also to those who secured tickets on other parties; Jubilee, Amani, Narc-Kenya, and all the others. They all have contributed to the democratization of our country and they will have a role in shaping our nation going forward.

To all the people of Kenya, I urge calm and reconciliation now that the primaries are over.

I wish to see an end to all hostilities that may have arisen out of the strong demand for the various tickets.

Elections and nominations must never divide us or make us go to war. They should strengthen our march towards democracy and national unity.

I appeal to our worthy competitors to embrace peace as we enter the final stretch of this campaign.

Let us focus on issues, not personalities. Let us focus on what is good for our country, not what would work for tribes and regions.

Let us mobilise votes on a national and not a tribal agenda.

Let us secure votes through policies and not bribery or intimidation. I appeal to our citizens to reject leaders who want to buy leadership using money and other aspects of bribery.

Kenya’s future must not be compromised with money.

I want to make a special appeal to our citizens to create an enabling environment for our female candidates in this campaign.

Nobody should use violence, blackmail, intimidation or any other crude means against female candidates.

A number of young men and women have also won tickets to run for various positions.

We must equally accord them support and create and sound environment for them to compete fairly and freely.

Finally, I ask all Kenyans to maintain the peace during this campaign and after. Let all of us come out and vote in the historic exercise on March 4th.

(Odinga, the Prime Minister of Kenya, is the CORD presidential candidate)

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  • mzili

    You really got nerve!!! You give the people nonsense nominations and then dare address us as above. You should instead have apologized, then gone on to assure us that your promises to run the country properly should you win the election carry more substance than your promises that ODM would have a free and fair nomination process. In this digital age, there must be better ways to conduct nominations, which you and your team clearly have no clue about, meaning you are not the guy to take Kenya to the next level !!!

    • Stop being impolite pal. When guys were tearing up each in Nyanza because of his name, the PM was busy campaigning in Ukambani. They were simply fighting because they known his name guarantees changed fortunes. So what was PM supposed to apologize about? And if another “Iteere” political conmen surface in his absence, is he to blame anyway?

      • Not fair game in criticism for the sake of it Ghanian sounding gad fly honesty and fortitude are hallmarks of great leaders

      • mzili

        “I would like to extend my sincere apologies for the inconvenience that
        our Members and Observers experienced as a result of this. Lessons have
        been learned and in future we anticipate that we shall run a smooth and
        flawless exercise, “ – Uhuru Kenyatta.

  • loca

    For the there to be what you say, please act on the principles of democracy and stop imposing leaders who are not wanted and voted for.listen to the common mwananchi instead of your party pay rollers.Mr.odinga have a heart and be what you say you are!!!

  • Greenmarshmarrows

    Really bwana PM?, are you not embarrassed to mention the word democracy?

  • Hon Pm please address the issues of violence in Nyanza during ODM nominations.It sucks to hear you talk of violence in central when your supporters in ODM were tearing one another , the 2007 style.Blaming the press of unbalanced reporting is not the issue.I hope ODM hooligans won’t do the same in you loose the presidency.

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