Forget Your Presidential Ambitions, Raila Tells Kalonzo And Wetangula
Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) lieutenants have asked Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula of Ford Kenya to shelf their presidential ambitions during the 2017 general elections.
Raila’s troops said Kalonzo or Wetangula were a no match to Jubilee’s presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and that only Raila could take him on during the 2017 elections.
The ODM MPs told the duo to forget about the narrative of asking Raila to return the favour by supporting them saying if he was president at the moment, then it would make sense to make such demands.
“If Raila became president in the last elections, he would have paid back. So the issue of not playing a second fiddle does not apply. The only person who can compete with Jubilee is Raila,” Fred Outa, Nyando MP told journalists on Tuesday September 1.
He was accompanied by several ODM MPs including Opondo Kaluma (Homa Bay town) Ken Okoth (Kibra), Oyugi Magwanga (Kasipul), Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja) and Homa Bay senator Moses Kajwang’.
The leaders also stated some reasons as to why Raila is the most preferred candidate for CORD.
“Right now, there is no doubt that Raila still remains the candidate with the strongest appeal. He is the only one who has so far set up a presidential campaign team. He is also the only one whose party is conducting grass roots elections in preparation for 2017,” said Kajwang’.
They added that Raila had the strongest national grassroot network.
“He (Raila) is the leader of the party with the largest majority of MPs, senators and governors and very few have defected. His backyard has taken the lead in taking up identity and voters cards. He is already a preferred candidate.”
Until now, it is still not yet clear how CORD will nominate its presidential candidate after affiliate parties of Wiper and Ford Kenya endorsed Kalonzo and Wetangula for the top seat.
CORD is largely an ODM-controlled outfit with Raila wielding a lot of clout because of the number of his MPs in the coalition.