Inside Raila’s power-room: 5 men making master-moves that keep Raila shining ahead of 2022

At a time when DP Ruto had written him off after mobilizing voters to “send him to retirement in Bondo” ODM party leader Raila Odinga has emerged yet again to give Ruto sleepless nights with 5 men behind Odinga’s steady rise and with 2022 elections approaching.

Odinga has assembled a strong team for the ultimate battle should he throw his hat into the ring to face off with Ruto.

With DP Ruto raiding his fold and luring former Mackhakos Senator Johnston Muthama and Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa away, Odinga who is fully aware that DP Ruto is not jocking about 2022 is not sitting pretty but has surrounded himself with an able team of advisors.

James Orengo
The Siaya senator is a seasoned politician and an experienced lawyer who has won many battles for Raila Odinga and ODM. Popularly called the walking constitution in ODM circles, Orengo is the man to go to for all legal matters and has Odinga’s ears round the clock. He is expected to continue advicing Odinga on all legal matters even as the ODM party leader reaches out to new allies.

Jimmy Wanjigi

The soft-spoken billionaire has deep pockets and connection that run deep. Elections being an expensive affair, Wanjigi is expected to flex his financial musles in support of Odinga and mobilize resources for the cause should the former Prime Minister decide to enter the 2022 race.

Hassan Joho

Ali Hassan Joho is a man any contestant would be glad to have in their corner. The eloquent governor has great mobilization skills and appeal to the younger generation of voters across the counytry that will be an asset to any candidate.

The ODM deputy party leader is among those most trusted by Odinga.
Joho is a brand. His name commands respect and is the undisputed king of Coast politics which he would be expected to marshal for Odinga should the AU special envoy for infrastructure enter the race.

In addition, he also has deep pockets that any contestant would eye in the ultimate 2022 battle.

Francis Atwoli

The seasoned trade unionist is a seasoned negotiator capable of crafting political deals that any contestant would be happy to benefit from.

It is no coincidence that Atwoli has endorsed Raila Odinga for the 2022 contest even before Odinga declares interet in the race.

The trade unionist has hosted Odinga multiple times in his Kajiado home and is reported to be a king maker in an alliance that could see Odinga face off with DP sweep to power.

Wycliffe Oparanya

The current Council of Governors chair’s influence extends beyond Kakamega and across Luhya land.

The second-time Kakamega governor has proved to be reliable, having wrestled votes for Odinga in the region.

Being the ODM Deputy party leader, Oparanya has access to Raila and riefs him on a daily basis even as the former PM makes

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