ODM leader Raila Odinga

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) on Friday clarified reports that party leader Raila Odinga is set to battle it out with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya for the party’s presidential ticket in 2022. Through a statement by Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, ODM noted that it decided to prank the public on April 1, 2021, being Fools’ Day.

“We took the liberty of joining in the day’s pranks with our communication yesterday knowing very well our friends in media and politics would not know better. We see many, especially our political opponents swallowed it hook line and sinker. They came out guns blazing, frothing at the mouth, at an April fools misdirection,” wrote Sifuna.

Adding: “You need to lighten up friends. It’s never that serious.”

ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna [File, Standard]

The party made it clear that Odinga did not apply for the party’s ticket and will not discuss his 2022 ambitions until the BBI process is completed. ODM, however, stated that it had received only two applications from Oparanya and Joho. Online, some netizens said they would not fall for the prank while others lauded the party’s wit.