ODM party leader Raila Odinga has revealed that other NASA co-principals are too weak to win the 2022 presidency even with his support and that of his handshake counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The NASA co-principals include Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), and Moses Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya.
In an interview on Thursday, July 8, Raila said although he has not rejected to support anyone else, he does not see a strong person from the entire NASA coalition who can wrestle other candidates including Deputy President William Ruto, and win.
“I have not refused to support somebody else. I have said that not once but several times that it must not be Raila Odinga,
“I am ready to support someone else but importantly who can I support that will ensure a win for us?” Raila posed.
Furthermore, the former Prime Minister said that he has huge support than all other NASA luminaries adding that he alone has more than 50 percent of the coalition’s votes.
“We must look at it from broader perspective… If we nominate Kalonzo (Musyoka) will he be able to get votes in all parts of the country? If we nominate (Moses) Wetang’ula or (Musalia) Mudavadi, how many votes will he get?” Raila asked.
Raila further said not all the NASA co-principals who are demanding for a Raila endorsement have been supporting him since he started his journey to be a tenant at the State House.
This comes at a time other NASA co-principals including Kalonzo, Mudavadi, and Wetang’ula have maintained that they will only work with Raila Odinga again in the 2022 General Election if he supports one of them.
This is despite calls by some leaders including Governor Charity Ngilu urging the four NASA principals to unite again ahead of the 2022 General Election as the only way to ensure William Ruto does not succeed retiring president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Yesterday, ODM party challenged the trio that the only way Raila Odinga could support one of them is if they agree to undergo a joint presidential nomination exercise and one of them emerges the winner.
“If they want us to work together under whichever, banner, let’s have a joint presidential nomination process to see who has the numbers,” ODM Director of Elections and Campaigns Junet Mohamed said.