Babu Owino: I have to ask Raila Odinga for permission

Babu Owino says he hopes to walk in the footsteps of Kenya’s opposition chief after the veteran political paragon retires from active politics PHOTO/COURTESY

Student Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU) Chairman Babu Owino says he hopes to walk in the footsteps of Kenya’s opposition chief after the veteran political paragon retires from active politics.

Babu Owino says he is hopeful that the regions that strongly support the CORD leader would rally behind him in his bid for presidency in 2027.

Babu, however, notes he has to seek Raila’s permission in order to realise his key political dream.

“I have to ask for permission from Baba. I don’t want to be a self-proclaimed ‘the next politician in the caliber of Raila Odinga’; I will ask for permission from Baba, seek guidance and if he’d agree to endorse me, I would appreciate,” Babu told eDaily.

Babu Owino says he holds the former premier in high regard.

“Raila is my political father. I respect him very much and I pray for him to be the President of Kenya in 2017. I have met and held talks with him severally.

“I have learnt quite a lot from him. He is a person who prioritises democracy and he has the heart and the zeal to serve Kenyans. He is a personal friend and a mentor,” Babu told eDaily.

The SONU president, who vied for Westlands MP in 2013 General Election but lost to Tim Wanyonyi, says his pursuit for Embakasi East legislatorial position remains intact.

“I will vie for Embakasi East Constituency in 2017 on an ODM ticket,” said Babu.

His eyes are nonetheless set on the land’s highest political office – one that he says he will have a shot at.

“I will vie for presidency in 2027. I know Kenyans are yearning for my leadership and I will serve them in that capacity. I am sure I will be the country’s President,” says Babu.

And to those who have criticised him for “heading goons”, Babu says: “A goon is a person who cannot comprehend simple things in life – I cannot lead such people.”

Babu Owino is currently a third year Bachelor of Law student at UoN. He recently retained his SONU Chair position in the hotly contested April 1st SONU election, beating his key challenger Mike Jacobs by 18,000 votes against Jacobs’ 3,000 votes.

The April 1st victory was Babu Owino’s fourth at the helm of university politics.

Mike Jacobs has since been suspended from UoN for leading a students’ riot that lasted three days. 200 other students were also sent away from the university which has, since the unrest, remained closed.

 

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