Esther Passaris Rejoins ODM Following Failed Governorship Bid

Nairobi controversial businesswoman, philanthropist, and politician Esther Passaris has joined the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

Ms. Passaris made the announcement on a twitter post where she also revealed that her ambition for the Nairobi governor seat was proving to be unrealistic.

With the help of a twitter poll, she first asked her followers which political party she should join to contest a political seat in Nairobi.

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42 percent voted for her to join NASA-affiliated parties.

Passaris then conducted another poll asking her followers the political position in Nairobi she should vie for.

“My aspirations for Governor are proving to be unrealistic for 2017 for many reasons and for that I am sorry. What next? Let’s Win Together,” she posted.

“Thank you to all who took the time to poll. Leadership is not about the leader’s needs but the wants and needs of the people,” Passaris wrote.

Esther Passaris was welcomed back to ODM which she left a few years ago at the party’s Kibra rally on Sunday, April 2.

Esther Passaris

The former Miss Kenya runner-up then officially declared for the Nairobi Woman Representative seat on an ODM ticket.

Passaris also went a step further to endorse National Super Alliance (NASA) co-leader Raila Odinga for the alliance presidential ticket. She said it was only the ODM leader that could unite the country.

“For Kenya to be united we must choose baba as the NASA presidential candidate,” said Passaris as she addressed Kibra residents.

“I have returned home to ODM,” she added.

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Passaris is the second candidate to drop out of the Nairobi gubernatorial race. Former TNA chairman Johnson Sakaja dropped out of the race to switch his ambitions to the Nairobi Senatorial seat.

The Nairobi boss seat will be hotly contested in the August elections with Governor Evans Kidero seeking re-election as Senator Mike Sonko and former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth tries to unseat him.