Thursday, October 6, 2016
Raila Shares with Close Confidantes Three Possible Running Mates Following Threats Of Imminent Exit By Kalonzo and Wetang’ula
The Cord coalition is headed for turbulent times if utterances by the party honchos are anything to go by.
ODM is blamed for precipitating the bad blood and distrust by treating Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka as flower girls. The disintegration in Cord was further fuelled by ODM legislators backing Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho to be Raila Odinga running mate.
Speaking in a packed rally in Kisumu, Senator Anyang’ Nyongo, Governor Jack Ranguma, Suba MP John Mbadi and Kilifi Women representative endorsed Joho as Raila’s running mate.
Kalonzo did not hide his displeasure and made it clear during a Wiper party rally in Mombasa that he will not go for nothing short of the presidency.
Aware of the schism in Cord, Raila is said to be luring other political heavyweights to join his camp.
The first candidate, according to close associates of the former Prime Minister is Musalia Mudavadi. It is common knowledge that Musalia commands a more solid following compared to Wetangula in the populous Western region. Musalia has also a wide appeal across the country and will be a major catch for Raila’s presidency bid. Mudavadi has however remained firm that he will run for the presidency.
KANU leader Gideon Moi is also said to be in the radar of Raila Odinga. The Baringo senator has the financial muscle and numbers that will leave any presidential candidate salivating. It will be a major blow to Deputy President William Ruto if Gideon agrees to become Raila’s second in command.
And last but not least is Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho. The Governor is said to have given ODM a new lease of life thanks to his charisma and deep pockets. He has come out as Raila’s number one defenders and a new favorite with ODM supporters. It is yet to be seen if he will have an appeal across the country in a country that is predominately Christian.