By Tobby Otum
The Vibrant Democratic Party [VDP] will not field a presidential candidate during the forthcoming elections
Party leader Hezron Awiti Bollo said the party will rally behind ODM party leader Raila Odinga in his quest to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta upon the expiry of his tenure.
He said the party will hold its Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) to ratify his sentiments.
“I wish to make my point clear that I never held any grudge against Raila since I joined active politics,” he said.
Bollo cautioned his critics to stop spreading false and negative propaganda about his relationship with Raila.
He spoke during Azimoi ya umoja ya pwani meeting over the weekend at Wild Waters Centre in Mombasa county graced by Raila where he brought over 300 delegates.
The VDP party leader who was one time a vocal Nyali legislator asked his critics to stop mangling his relationship with the former Prime Minister.
Awiti who failed in his bid to unseat Mombasa governor Hassan Ali Joho during the last general elections said he will be on the forefront in leading campaigns for Raila’s 2022 presidential bid.
He said the party will sign a partnership package with ODM to work towards Raila’s presidential bid and urged eligible youths to take advantage of the mass voters’ registration.
“I will make my political stand known after the registration of voters is over,” he pointed out.
The former legislator asked the government to expedite the processing and issuance of national identity cards to eligible youths to enable them register as new voters ahead of the polls.
Awiti called on the Luo community to ensure they lead in the voters’ registration to enable Raila win and cautioned them against taking things for granted.
He insisted he is not at war with Raila saying they talk regularly and that is why the party will not field a presidential flag bearer.
“Let me urge political parties which have not made their political stand public to join forces with ODM party leader in his bid to take over from President Kenyatta,” he said.