Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have set the terms and conditions for an alliance with ODM leader Raila Odinga amid reports that the twio are crafting an alliance in the background.
The Tanga Tanga brigade maintained that DP Ruto is already poised to win the 2022 elections and having Raila on board adds little value except for the pockets of votes that the former Prime Minister can add to what the second in command is already assured of.
They added that any such alliance can only have no one but the deputy President as the presidential candidate.
She however warned that bringing Odinga on board could lead to a mass exodus from the DP Ruto camp as his lietenants firmly believe that they do not need Raiula and do not want to associate with him.
“Deputy President William Ruto does not intend to associate or form a coalition with ODM party leader Raila Odinga. The repercussion of that remotely happening is an avalanche of mass hemorrhage of hustlers who believe in the leadership of DP Ruto, which will be occasioned by the advent of Raila. Lanes please,” stated Omanga.
Meru Senator Mithika Linturi welcomed the idea of a coalition bringing the two politicians together but maintained that the same can only be possible if Odinga agrees to shelve his ambitions and support DP Ruto.
“We don’t need a coalition with Raila because Ruto has won hearts in the Mt Kenya region. We would however welcome him for the extra vote he will be adding on Ruto’s basket,” said Linturi.
This comes after Jubilee Party Vice chairman David Murathe stated that the only way that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s camp can support an alliance betweebn Raila and Ruto is if the alliance fronts Odinga as its Presidential candidate.
“I take my brief from two people, Uhuru and Jakom, and I can tell you the handshake is intact. And by the way, if they want an alliance, provided they make Jakom the president, we have no problem with it,” Murathe asserted.
ODM brigade has however dismissed reports of any possible alliance with DP Ruto, with party chairman John Mbadi setting the record straight.
“I am not aware of any alliance talks between Raila and Ruto. As ODM we have not talked of an alliance with Ruto or anybody for that matter. Our focus currently is the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI),” John Mbadi, ODM chairman, told the People Daily.