What’s Next for the Raila Odinga led ODM?
Kibaki friendly political parties expected to name grand coalition this week.
According to a press release by Raila Odinga, his nomination “was not a fight for supremacy but to nurture democracy and give Kenya new beginning”. The elections were conducted by the ODM Election Board led by Chairman Justice (rtd) Richard Otieno Kwach and these are the figures his team released:
1. Raila Odinga – 2656
2. Musalia Mudavadi – 391
3. William Ruto – 368
4. Joseph Nyagah – 30
As expected, Raila Odinga bagged the ODM presidential ticket after winning in seven out of the eight provinces of Kenya – including those perceived to be his rivals’ strongholds – to bag the ODM presidential ticket. Musalia Mudavadi beat Raila Odinga in Western Province.
Our assessment is that local FM station opinion polls were not very far off in their predictions of ODM nomination elections. Raila has often been polled as capturing between 50 – 70% of all votes cast in FM call-in programmes.”Everyone thought that he was a kingmaker, but today he is the king” said Najib Balala in his comments after the election results were announced. Mr Balala had himself earlier stood down in favour of Raila to a thunderous applause from the delegates
Raila’s acceptance speech was laced with hope. He is on record as having promised ODM’s political opponents a bruising contest for nearly 14 million Kenyan votes. He is also said to working on strategies that will enhance his party’s appeal to the masses. If recent events are anything to go by, Raila is expect to widely market his candidature as well as personally attend several public rallies each week.
Meanwhile, President Kibaki friendly parties have today confirmed that they have registered six parties and will choose one of the registered names as their grand coalition identity to used as the re-election vehicle for all MPs and civic leaders. Their action stems from the fact that Charity Ngilu has refused to cede leadership of NARC which was originally President Kibaki’s party and a movement which he spoke highly of during his inauguration in 2002. The President himself is yet to announce which political party he will be seeking re-election on.