2017 my last chance to be President, Raila says
04 February 2016, 08:03
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga admits that the 2017 General Election could be his last chance to secure the presidency.
Odinga will be taking his fourth stab at the presidency come the 2017 polls, another attempt to take what he has been desperately searching for over two decades.
The CORD leader will face off with President Uhuru Kenyatta who will seek to defend his seat and finish off his time in office in style.
Having somewhat convincingly lost the 2013 election to the President, Raila is taking every measure possible to ensure that the mistakes made in the past do not haunt him.
He has already come up with a secretariat to manage the next 15 months of his supposed campaign and has told strategists to take nothing to chance as it might be his last real aim at the Presidency.
" Raila is taking nothing to chance. He knows that it is likely this will be his last chance and he has said so himself. There is no room for mistakes this time round," an insider privy to his strategy meetings told News24 in confidence.
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The CORD leader is said to be putting aside as much as KES 1 billion of his own funds to take care of the strategy and planning, which he knows with good use will have him in State House.
" The plans are elaborate. The planning is going on well. This time round, Raila is not taking any prisoners. He is going all out. He knows it is now or never," the source added.
The CORD leader is said to have engaged international firms to manage his campaign as he seeks to outdo his old rival Uhuru, who will be hard to beat.
" The onus is on Raila to take his chance. The President already has his place. It is up to Raila to show otherwise. He has to be the one to take initiative," political analyst Michael Njenga believes.
The CORD leader is expected to get the backing of other CORD affiliate parties to run for the Presidency as the opposition coalition looks to get one over the ruling Jubilee.
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