Why Raila will be CORD Presidential candidate
12 April 2016, 21:01
Nairobi - Raila Odinga will be the CORD Presidential candidate in the 2017 General Elections. This is why.
The CORD leader is the commanding leader of the opposition thanks to his party ODM and the numbers prove it.
During the recently ill fated Okoa Kenya referendum campaign, ODM provided 90% of all total signatures verified while other parties such as Ford Kenya and Wiper, whose leaders Moses Wetang'ula and Kalonzo Musyoka are also eyeing the presidency under the CORD ticket were left in the shadows.
Observers feel that it will be premature for other parties to expect Raila not to be the coalition flag bearer come 2017.
" The reality is that the most likely person to win in 2017 is Raila and the rest I believe know and understand so," Political analyst Michael Njenga told News24.
Blogger Robert Alai also feels the same about the ODM supremacy within CORD.
" Kalonzo was given more than 175 Okoa Kenya booklets. His party only
returned 28 books with a quarter of the required signatures. ODM as a
party funds all CORD's activities and even Wiper and Ford-Kenya," he said.
" People need to earn their keep. We have put up with the nonsense. ODM
has more voters and MPs in Western Kenya than Ford Kenya. How can we
take Wetangula seriously?," he added.
" Now that ODM has been allocated 4 EALA
seats slots, Kalonzo and Wetangula wants 1 each from the ODM
allocation. These two chihuahuas should earn their keep or stay away," he continued.
" Let's get serious. Raila will compete as ODM flag bearer and will not endorse someone. Be assured of that,:" he finished.
There has been controversy within CORD over an apparent deal signed in the run up to the 2013 General Elections which saw Raila sign a deal with Kalonzo that he backs him in 2017 if the former Prime Minister did not win the 2013 polls.
Whether that will happen will be a point of concern in the coming months with the 2017 polls not too far off.
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