What’s Next for the Raila Odinga led ODM?

Posted on 3 September 2007. Filed under: Politics |

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.

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4 Responses to “What’s Next for the Raila Odinga led ODM?”

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Raila appeals to the masses who look upon him to bring change to this country. Many are suffering while others want to protect their ill acquired wealth. They are so mean that they could not use their wealth to make life better for Kenyans instead they chose to stash it abroad and acquire properties there. No wonder they support the incumbent who has done nothing about this issue and his ministers who did the same.

Sue, we only hope no presidential candidate will be judged on cultural or ethnic propaganda. Kenyans were once ranked among the most optimistic in the world because they thought they had finally voted what stood for their aspirations. The referendum showed us otherwise.

Phil I believe there is a time for everything and everyone. If it is time for Raila Odinga and God has decided, who is man to stop him. I read somewhere that no one knew a Singh could be a President in India, if it happened with Sikhs in India, why not Luos. Pharaoh tried to stop Israelites from crossing the Red sea to freedom but he did not succeed because his army was fighting a Superior Power.

At least when raila was a minister of energy he did not steal coz he got fuel at a cheat and sold at a market rate.We need a head of state like raila whom i think is intelligent and is there to make the counyry grow as he himself grew without stealing unlike people involved in goldenberg and anglo leasing.
Bravo rala


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