Kenyans have finally been told when ODM leader Raila Odinga is likely to declare his 2022 presidential bid after a while of keeping Kenyans guessing.
The former premier, despite being seen going round the country in campaigns, has held that his bid isn’t guaranteed yet as he hasn’t declared it.
Recently, he said that he might not even participate in the contest, unless his supporters from Western and Nyanza register as voters in large numbers.
But it has emerged that he is indeed going for the top seat for the fifth time and will be making it official soon, most probably before the end of this month.
This is according to one of his close associates who have been invited for a three day retreat at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha, Nakuru County.
He told The Nation that chances are very high that the meeting will be used to discuss the declaration which is heavily awaited by his (Raila) supporters.
On Wednesday, Raila echoed his earlier remarks, that he hasn’t decided on whether or not to vie, and that he is still consulting Kenyans on how to go about it.
The veteran politician stated that he will only make the announcement after the completion of his ongoing cross country tours under the banner of his ‘Azimio La Umoja’ roadmap.
“I’ve not decided if I’ll vie. Currently, I’m consulting with Kenyans and when I conclude it, that’s when I’ll make a decision. I’m remaining with around four areas then I’m done and then I’ll declare my decision,” he said in an interview with Kalenjin radio stations.
But a remark from ODM National Chairman John Mbadi contradicted him, suggesting that preparations are in place to carry out his campaigns.
The Suba South MP said that the plan now is to ensure that all the new partners who have joined ODM are involved in Raila’s campaigns.
“We’re in this together. Obviously ODM is the mother party of Raila Odinga, but we’re alive to the fact that we’ve gained new friends and we need them probably even much more than we need some of us,” said Mbadi, the National Assembly Minority Leader.