In an exclusive interview with local publication, the Star, Shahbal who unsuccessfully ran for Mombasa gubernatorial seat in 2013 and 2017 revealed that his relationship with the former prime minister began way back in 2000 when Raila they travelled together to Oman to look for investors.
"Many people seem not to know I have had a relationship with ODM leader Raila Odinga from the year 2000 when we travelled together to Oman to look for investors. In 2011, we also travelled to Iran together to also look for investors; at that time he was Prime Minister. Shortly thereafter, we traveled to South Sudan." He revealed.
He further revealed that in 2013 he was in the Orange Democratic Movement party but would ditch the party after he was allegedly rigged out of the party primaries. He would later compete against Joho and lost to him in two consecutive elections.
He has however claimed that many people in the party are not happy with the move to rejoin ODM since they had been expecting to be given nomination certificates freely.
On relationship with governor Joho, Shahbal has revealed that they are not enemies despite competing against each other. He likened their relationship to that of Raila and President Uhuru who competed against each other but later reconciled and are currently enjoying a good working relationship.
On choice of running mate, Shahbal has revealed that he will choose a woman to deputise him he however noted that it was still early to name the candidate.
Shahbal will be competing with Mvita constituency member of parliament hom Abdulswamad Sheriff who is also eying the ODM ticket.
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