|Joho addressing residents of Kisumu|
The fissures in Cord is widening following reports of Raila Odinga opting for a running mate outside of the coalition.
According to well placed sources, Raila is well aware that Kalonzo and Wetangula are political lightweights prompting him to groom Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho to be his running mate.
Raila held a closed door meeting with the Mombasa governor and relayed his wish to have him as his running mate.
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka suffered a major blow after eleven MPs and two Governors decamped to the Jubilee Party. This turn of events has withered the influence of the Cord co-principal in a region he was perceived to be the kingmaker.
The three political parties that constitute Cord have been seemingly reading from different scripts given that they have been holding parallel rallies.
Raila is said to be impressed by Joho financial might and loyalty towards his cause. Joho has been financing the party operations and is said to have caught the eyes of the Cord leader. Political pundits aver that Joho is the impetus that lacked in ODM but fear his religion may be his undergoing.
It is yet to be seen if Raila will discard Kalonzo and Wetangula as his possible running mates and the ramifications it will have on his presidency.
Wiper secretary general Hassan Omar is intent on wrestling the Mombasa gubernatorial from Joho.