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What next for ODM party leader Raila and OKA principals after BBI loss?

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga and the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals who were the promoters of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill suffered a major setback after the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court ruling on the bill.

Sources revealed that the OKA leader had pegged their support for Raila’s 2022 Presidency on the outcome of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) appeal.

OKA principals led by Kalonzo Musyoka(Wiper), Gideon Moi (Kanu), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) were reportedly aware that the BBI judgment would shape Kenya’s politics ahead of the 2022 General Election.

Prior to the court upholding the High court ruling which nullified BBI, Raila had the upper hand in the negotiation table with the OKA co-principals given that the BBI Bill would have created more executive seats.

According to political analyst, Nafula Kisiang’ani, the BBI loss had made Raila exposed as OKA leaders had declined to back him prior to the appeal ruling. He noted that the former Prime Minister has now been pushed to a more tricky position.

“BBI nullification has introduced a new dynamic, a wait-and-see situation. However, Raila has the capacity to rebrand himself as he has done countless times.”

“I believe he may still have an upper hand owing to his relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta through the handshake. Let us not underestimate him and the power of the deep state too, as the latter tends to have an influence on the election,” Kisiang’ani stated.

Kisiang’ani noted that Raila always has the numbers, supporters but lacked the blessings of the deep state in his four attempts to for the Presidency.

“He always has the numbers, supporters and he always tends to return stronger and more formidable every time.” Kisiang’ani added.

In his statement, issued after BBI was declared unconstitutional, the ODM Party leader stated that it was time to accept and move on.

“Without doubt, we shall deal with all the issues in the months and years that will unfold onwards,” Raila stated.

She further warned Ruto not to celebrate the BBI loss or view it as a long term success, pointing out that it is only a short-term victory.

“The DP has been lukewarm, not opposing the BBI and not supporting it openly. Ruto has no clear agenda. He keeps on wavering. Remember most of his strongholds passed the BBI bill in their respective County Assemblies. This should trigger his mind to be wary of the support he believes he has,” she said.

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