As the race to succeed president Uhuru gains momentum, details of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga’s options ahead of a possible alliance with Deputy President William Ruto have emerged.
According to Political analyst Martin Andati, Raila and Ruto alliance may not get the minimum required number of votes come 2022 elections.
“If they agreed, both of them cannot get the numbers. The two leaders would struggle to get 5 million votes come 2022 elections,” Andati stated.
Andati opined that Raila’s best move would be to form an alliance with his former NASA coalition counterparts.
“His play would be to negotiate with One Kenya Alliance using his confidant Siaya Senator James Orengo. If he succeeds, then Raila can call the shots,” he noted.
However, political analyst Jane Thuo is of the opinion that the former Prime Minister’s best option would be to stick with one political stance.
“If he sticks with either Uhuru or Ruto, he can survive in the political arena but if he’s dillydallying between the two, he will lose credibility among Kenyans. Gone are the days when he was full of vigour so his best option would be to stick with one choice,” Thuo said.
Thuo also pointed out that unlikely candidate might emerge in the competition for the top seat and win the presidency.
“Right now the Kenyan politics is very fluid, an unlikely candidate might clinch the Presidential seat,” she stated.
This comes even as some tangatanga Members of Parliament had down played the claims regarding the possible alliance between the two leaders.
Bahati Member of Parliament Kimani Ngunjiri claimed that Ruto did not say that they would form a coalition with Raila.
“The Deputy President stated that the national parties remaining are UDA and ODM, Ruto did not say that there was a possible coalition,” Ngunjiri stated.