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We are where we were before devolution, says Abdullahi

Says the mess that has been done in the health sector is unimaginable

In Summary
  • "It is unfortunate that all the structures we put in place have been messed up," Abdullahi said.
  • He said having been at the helm of leadership he knows what needs to be fixed for the county to get back on its feet.
ODM leader Raila Odinga issues a certificate to Ahmed Muhumed and Wajir gubernatorial aspirant Ahmed Abdullah in Nairobi on Wednesday, April 20.
RESTORATION: ODM leader Raila Odinga issues a certificate to Ahmed Muhumed and Wajir gubernatorial aspirant Ahmed Abdullah in Nairobi on Wednesday, April 20.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Former Wajir governor Ahmed Abdullahi says he will win the seat he lost in 2017 and restore the lost glory of the county.

Abdullahi who spoke on Thursday while addressing his supporters in Wajir said voting the right crop of leaders meant improved service delivery.

On Wednesday, ODM leader Raila Odinga issued certificates to various aspirants seeking seats through the party.

Abdullahi, his deputy Ahmed Muhumed commonly referred to as 'Cato' and woman representative aspirant Fatuma Jehow received their certificates.

Others were MP aspirants Ahmed Boray Arale (Eldas), Mohammed Adow (Wajir South), Yussuf Farah (Wajir West), Ismail Sheikh (Wajir East) and Osman Hassan Alasow (Tarbaj).

Abdullahi said they will embark on vigorous campaigns for Raila and ensure he gets 90 per cent of the votes from the county.

Wajir gubernatorial aspirant Ahmed Abdullahi and his running mate Ahmed Muhumed after being issued with the ODM certificate in Nairobi on Wednesday, April 20.
GROUND WORK: Wajir gubernatorial aspirant Ahmed Abdullahi and his running mate Ahmed Muhumed after being issued with the ODM certificate in Nairobi on Wednesday, April 20.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

“With certificates in our hands, we now embark on the next assignment. To go on the ground and sell our manifesto and messages of hope,” he said.

The aspirant said he is delighted the journey to restore hope in Wajir together with Muhumed has started.

“Teaming up with him (Muhumed) is the best thing that could have happened. I know him very well and together we will take Wajir to where it was,” he said.

Abdullahi thanked residents for standing with them saying he will not let them down once elected.

He said he will prioritise the health sector because the mess that has been done is unimaginable and matters health cannot be compromised.

Wajir gubernatorial aspirant Ahmed Abdullahi and his running mate Ahmed Muhumed pose for a group photo with other aspirants from the county in Nairobi on Wednesday, April 20.
RESTORATION: Wajir gubernatorial aspirant Ahmed Abdullahi and his running mate Ahmed Muhumed pose for a group photo with other aspirants from the county in Nairobi on Wednesday, April 20.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

"It is unfortunate that all the structures we put in place have been messed up," Abdullahi said.

The former governor said during his reign, the county oversaw the first caesarean delivery in July 2016 at Habaswein Subcounty Hospital.

"We also established, equipped and staffed more than a hundred dispensaries and health facilities,” he said.

Abdullahi however said all that has remained are structures with nothing meaningful going on. "We are now back to where we were before devolution.”

He said having been at the helm of leadership he knows what needs to be fixed for the county to get back on its feet.

The former governor said his was a tried and tested leadership.

Abdullahi has been endorsed by his Mantaan subclan and already has the backing of all the major Degodia subclans.

Wajir is inhabited by the Degodia, Ogaden and the Ajuran with the former being the majority.

The Degodia occupy Wajir East, Wajir West, Tarbaj and Eldas subcounties.

Last month, Abdullahi's major rival Mohamed Abdikadir stepped down in his favour.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

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