The Raila-Ruto alliance continues to elicit mixed reactions from DP Ruto’s camp, with the latest to weigh in being nominated senator Millicent Omanga.
The nominated senator said the two leaders teaming up for 2022 could be a worst-case scenario ever longed for by Ruto’s supporters.
Omanga said if the duo unites, the DP would see his supporters walking out on him in their numbers.
“Deputy President William Ruto does not intend to associate or form a coalition with ODM party leader Raila Odinga. The repercussion of that remotely happening is an avalanche of mass haemorrhage of hustlers who believe in the leadership of DP Ruto, which will be occasioned by the advent of Raila. Lanes please,” ranted Omanga.
Even as rumours of a possible alliance between Ruto and Raila continues to pile, Ruto’s footsoldiers proclaiming Raila will not be accepted in their camp.
Led by Meru Senator Mithika Linturi, they stated that if Raila offers to support Ruto, then he would somehow be welcomed in the ‘hustler nation’ camp to chant the gospel of the deputy president.
“We don’t need a coalition with Raila because Ruto has won hearts in the Mt Kenya region. We would however welcome him for the extra vote he will be adding on Ruto’s basket,” said Linturi.
As Ruto’s allies continue to wade in their ego as they feast on Raila’s perceived “desperation”, some of Raila’s known hand men have ruled out any possibility of the two leaders reuniting after more than a decade of political animosity.
For them, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is the current main deal at the expense of any coalition talks.
“I am not aware of any alliance talks between Raila and Ruto. As ODM we have not talked of an alliance with Riut or anybody for that matter. Our focus currently is the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI),” said John Mbadi, ODM chairman.