The Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga should not forget that he is the National Super Aliance (NASA) candidate to face President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August election, lest his confusion will be final.
Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula of ANC, Wiper and Ford Kenya parties had to put their desires to lead this country on hold entrusting him with the Joshua tag so that he leads a transitional government if they defeat ruling Jubilee party.
Even Bomet Govenor Isaac Ruto at some point claimed the leaders had settled on him as them man to lead their focus on top seat race but opted to let Mr Odinga bear the much expected.
Mr Odinga seemingly has no sure bet between his party’s candidates and the numerous politicians seeking to be elected or retain their seats as independents.
He had earlier asked the electorate to ignore independent candidates asking them to reject them on the ballot.
Mr Odinga has then on the odd side of him said he is not against these leaders some of whom genuinely lost in his party’s primaries while others claim they had been shortchanged.
Kisumu Senator Prof Anyang Nyong’o, a close ally of Mr Odinga not long ago said he does not like the fact in Kenya political parties hold elective nominations arguing that parties should move to conducting surveys that would help pick candidates they found to be popular among the electorate.
He said there was no need to subject those seeking leadership to party elections and yet the parties still choose the candidates anyway.
Senator Nyong’o served as the ODM party secretary general and won the party’s ticket for the county’s gubernatorial race but the incumbent Jack Ranguma now seeking to defend his seat as independent disputed the victory.
The point herein is that the party leader should not have been quick to dismiss independents and discouraging them from using his name to soldier on in their campaigns then later move to stem possible fallout saying he was not against them.
Orange house sources have revealed that he will be meeting more of these contestants after the first lot that was led by Nyatike MP Omondi Anyanga, former assistant minister Ayiecho Olweny, Kisumu Women Rep Rose Nyamunga, former PS Carey Orege and Richard Muga.
ODM candidates will not stop reading mischief given the role their party leader’s name plays in any electioneering period.
Their supporter know well how and what a “they are independent but they met Baba” will mean in the in the polls.
Jubilee party leadership from the onset of the campaigns for primaries urged those who lost to work with the leaders to be nominated.
They are already intervening to reduce the number of independent candidates who earlier sought the party tickets as in the case of Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua pulling out of race for the party’s Lee Kinyanjui.
This is because they are set to ensure that they do not give their opponents an edge, but one would argue it has little effect on the presidential votes.
But look, will you tell an independent candidate’s supporter to do the worst they can on the ballot because your presidential candidate is not supporting their choice?