ODM leader Raila Odinga could be the weakest presidential candidate in the 2022 presidential election if he vies, Political analyst Edward Kisiang’ani has observed.
According to Kisiang’ani, the former premier was at his strongest in the disputed 2007 presidential election but since then, his political dominance has been on a downward spiral.
“Sometimes truth is unpleasant but we have to live with it. I have for some time followed Raila Odinga’s political career,
“In terms of political appeal, Kenya experienced the strongest Raila Odinga in 2007. But if he vies in 2022, we shall experience the weakest Raila ever,” Kisiang’ani said in a tweet.
Kisiang’ani argues that Raila’s shrinking popularity could be a result of a poor political strategy where he currently hopes the so-called deep state shall front him for the presidency in the 2022 General Election.
It is worth noting Kisiang’ani is a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto and has not hidden the fact that the DP stands a better chance to win the presidency in 2022.
Kisian’gani’s views comes at a time when Raila is crafting a coalition pact with President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s Jubilee party.
The former Prime Minister has dismissed his former NASA coalition partners demanding he supports them for the presidency in 2022 polls.
Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi particularly said they cannot support Raila again because he owes them now, according to their agreement.
“I have not announced whether or not I will be contesting for the presidency yet some people are already saying they will not support me…I have not also asked for their support,” he said.
In what appeared like he will be on the ballot for the 2022 presidential race, Raila recently said that he does not need President Uhuru Kenyatta to make him the fifth president adding that only voters can do that.
“If I want to be president, I do not need Uhuru to help me. That is a role reserved for Kenyans. Uhuru cannot install me. That is left to Kenyans. Those coming up with such claims are spreading propaganda,” Raila said in an interview with Tanzania’s Star TV.