ODM deputy party leader Ali Hassan Joho has told opposition supporters that they have embarked on an elaborate plan to strengthen its structures in readiness for the 2022 General Election.
Mr Joho, while addressing opposition supporters in Kisumu, said he is planning to tour the whole country in a bid to strengthen ODM.
“Our party is still solid and compact but we want to strengthen it and Baba’s position more, so that he is assured of our backing when he engages the other leaders across the country,” said Mr Joho in reference to ODM leader Raila Odinga.
He added that he will be visiting Kisumu soon for three days at the invitation of Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o to chart the way forward on how they can work with supporters and party officials to solidify ODM’s support.
The Mombasa governor reaffirmed the party’s support for a referendum to change the Constitution.
There has been reports of plans to amend the Constitution to create the position of prime minister which has been opposed by Deputy President William Ruto who insists no changes will be made to accommodate selfish interests.
“There are some people who are claiming they won’t allow constitutional amendment. You can’t be longing for presidency yet you are afraid of some things. If people declare that the Constitution be changed, then nothing or nobody will stop it,” Mr Joho said.
He indicated that he will be on the fore front pushing for constitutional change when the plebiscite is called.
Mr Joho said when he meets the President, he will push for the compensation of all the victims of post-election violence.
The governor also used his brief stopover at Kondele in Kisumu after leaving Kakamega where the devolution conference is being held to drum up support for his bid for the presidency in 2022, saying he has what it takes to move the country forward.
“I started politics in 2004 and was elected on an ODM party ticket for the Kisauni seat. In 2002, I will contest for the presidency on the same ticket,” said Mr Joho.