Is a Kanu, ODM Merger in the Offing? Speculations Rife Following Odinga, Moi Meeting

Opposition leader Raila Odinga and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi were yesterday holed up at Lord Eroll’s hotel in Runda for a meeting that took almost four hours.

Pundits have since termed it an augury of a merger of their two parties.

The move was also seen as aimed at taming Deputy President William Ruto’s hold on the Rift Valley region. 

The meeting is likely to draw the attention of Ruto’s allies after their repeated claims of a plot to have leaders from political dynasties keep ruling the country.

ODM director of elections Junet Mohammed confirmed that the two discussed the political situation in the country.

“They discussed how they can work together in the Wajir West parliamentary by election.”

ODM, Kanu and Jubilee parties have all cleared candidates to vie for the seat.

Until his victory was nullified by the Supreme Court last Month, Mr Ahmed Kolosh Mohammed — elected on August 8, 2017, on an ODM ticket — was the area MP.

He will now fly the Jubilee Party flag in the April 25 by-election.

ODM has cleared Prof Mohammed Yusuf Elmi, while Kanu’s candidate will be Mr Abdirahman Ibrahim Mohammed, the successful petitioner in the matter.

Should Mr Odinga’s and Mr Moi’s discussions bear fruit, either ODM or Kanu will drop its candidate as they join forces to back one contender to face off with the Jubilee hopeful.

Tiaty MP William Kamket (Kanu) said Mr Odinga’s and Mr Moi’s union will extend up to the 2022 elections.

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