Opposition leader, Raila Odinga has said that he could step down from the 2017 presidential race provided his action will see to it that the Jubilee government is sent home.
Raila,on an interview at his Karen home, said that he was willing to shelve his ambitions provided that the appointed candidate would floor Uhuru Kenyatta on the 2017 Election stretch.
The opposition leader made a confirmation that his coalition was not limiting itself to its three coalition co-principals; Moses Wetanguala, Kalonzo Musyoka and himself- that there was a possibility of considering a suitable outsider.
He failed to name a twaddle of political heavyweights who are set to join CORD in the coming days to steel the coalition before the Election
“If my candidature proves to be an impediment in our determined resolve to rescue the country from the grips of Jubilee, and if supporting another person would help, I would be more than willing to step down for them,” Raila said, as quoted by the Standard Newspaper.
Raila revisited the past where he observed that he had taken valuable lessons in regard to some of the grave sacrifices that had to be made at times in order to clinch a win- he also made it clear that he had won the 2013 Election fair and square.
“I have run three times. I have lost once. I know I was robbed. I know how I was robbed and that’s why I have insisted on electoral reforms. I know once we fix the IEBC we will be securing our victory. I am much wiser,” Raila added.
A team of experts contracted by CORD co-principals is already studying the strengths of all the possible leaders who can square it out with Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017 without restricting itself to the three colation’s co-principals.
This according to Raila, will ensure that the CORD coalition beats Jubilee hands down in the next General Election.
A week ago, Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper party had implored the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) to back Kalonzo Musyoka’s run for the presidency in 2017 saying that he stood the best chance against Uhuru.
On the other hand, Wetangula, Ford Kenya’s leader had asked Raila and Kalonzo to back up his bid enabling him to go up against Uhuru in 2017. However, Wetangula and Kalonzo have been known to be part of jubilee and paid off to scatter the opposition for personal gain.
The best situation is to limit presidential term to one (single session of five years) with each president candidate skipping a second term with a break and an option to run a second term after a five year break.