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Raila will consider another candidate for 2017 elections

02 November 2014, 14:50 William Korir

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga will consider another candidate for the 2017 elections, it has emerged.

The CORD leader has been on record as saying that he will vie for the presidency in the next General Elections but so have the other two coalition principals, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka.

And following the utterances by ODM Executive Director Magerer Lang'at which suggested that he step down and let others take the lead in the party, it is understood that he is weighing his options.

According to sources in the party and close to the CORD leader, he has not yet made up his mind on what to do come 2017 but knows he may have to take the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of the coalition.

" The reality is that he knows very well he has failed on a number of occasions and on the times he has stepped aside and supported someone else, they have risen to the presidency," the source that did not want to be named told News24.

" He has not decided and for now the likely-hood is that he will stand for presidecy, but that can change," the source added.

Wiper party leader Kalonzo has already spoken of a memorandum of understanding MOU between the leaders in the run-up to the 2013 general election and the source intimated that it might exist.

Read also: Beaten and embarrassed Lang'at 'will not quit' ODM

" I think that in general such understandings exist but the level to which the agreement has been made is another matter altogether.

Political analyst Michael Njenga believes that there is a likely-hood Raila will step aside for someone else.

" There is the likely-hood. At the moment he is not cutting down the popularity stakes for the current Jubilee coalition leadership and he might be best served allowing someone else lead the charge with him in support".

" At the moment, he has to decide. Stand and likely fail as his record suggests, or support and likely win, just as his record suggests.

A number of CORD and ODM leaders are said to be  backing a change in direction for the party and Magerer's comments and recent issues will only add to the clamour.

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