ODM leader Raila Odinga has showed that the Party is not in panic owing to some members outright support for Deputy President William Ruto.
In a statement through his spokesperson Denis Onyango, the leader said ODM leaders are free to ‘manoeuvre’ without fear of being gagged.
In the statement touted as a reaction to Ruto’s forays into his strongholds, Raila said members can do as they please as the country is not in a campaign mood.
He however was categorical with the rebels that come 2022, they must be ready to tore the party’s line.
“ODM is therefore not on the campaign trail for 2022 and is not threatening those who have started campaigns,” the former Prime Minister said.
This diplomatic response to Ruto’s charm offensive is seen as a skillful strategy to avoid any political confrontation that could threaten the handshake proving once again that indeed he fathoms the terrains of the country’s political terrain.
He said the party’s focus is on successfully pursuing the Building Bridges initiative to stabilize the country and put it on the path to progress but when the legally stipulated campaign period comes, ODM will whip all its members and rally them behind its candidate.
The new development however do not dispense the three-day joint parliamentary group meeting in Mombasa next week expected to address growing disquiet.
“The retreat is therefore not a product of panic or a reaction to any recent political development as reported in section of the media today,” Raila said.
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