Kalonzo gears up for 2012 race

October 30, 2010 12:00 am

, ABUJA, Oct 30 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka had an eventful day on Friday as he concluded his three day visit of Nigeria; first he paid a courtesy call on Nigerian President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan followed by Dinner at the Presidential Villa Aso Rock, Abuja.

It was an impromptu invitation however to attend President Jonathan’s fund raising dinner and launch of his multi – platform campaign strategy that must have given the Kenyan VP an eye opener of what needs to be done, should he decide to run in 2012.

Mr Musyoka rode in the same car with his host to the international conference center arriving to a rousing welcome by ecstatic Jonathan supporters and entered the glittering mega hall adorned with huge banners of President Jonathan and his running mate Alhajj Namadi Sambo.

Seated in the hall were hundreds of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Supremos, Senators, Governors, members of parliament and captains of Nigerian industry.

During the four hours evening event, hundreds of millions of Naira were raised despite the fact that the Nigerian electoral law caps individual donations at one million naira.

In between moving speeches and endorsements by representatives form various regions as well as captivating theme songs and campaign jingles, the Kenyan Vice president watched as the Nigerian president who faces an election in April next year unveiled a series of campaign and fund raising platforms.

The leader who is fondly referred to as the facebook president launched an SMS service, an online donation service, a zonal mobilization structure as well branded campaign giveaways.

The Vice President who is himself on facebook and twitter congratulated President Jonathan on the launch after the event adding that by using the social networking platforms he was sure to reach the youth.

Earlier at State House, Mr Musyoka held discussions with President Jonathan on the need  for a joined commission on cooperation as well as the issue of Kenya Airways being allowed direct flights to Abuja.

KQ currently flies only to Lagos, Nigeria.

The two leaders acknowledge that Kenya and Nigeria need to do more to increase the level of trade between the two countries.

The Vice President proposed that Kenya could export cut-flowers, Tea and Coffee to Nigeria.


Latest Articles

Most Viewed