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Opinion: What Jimmy Wanjigi Should Do to Inherit Raila's Political Influence After 2022

Kenyan top businessman Jimi Wanjigi is among the presidential hopefuls who have vowed to be on the ballot no matter the condition. Wanjigi will be facing the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga in the party primaries to determine who shall carry the flag of the party in 2022.

To prove that he is serious, Wanjigi has toured several parts of the country especially in the areas where the ODM party has a lot of influence as he meets the party delegates to ask for their support.

However, defeating Raila Odinga in ODM party primaries could not be a walk, not even Jimi Wanjigi could come closer to him no matter the effort he is making. This is even the reason why Mombasa governor Hassan Joho and his Kakamega counterpart Wycliffe Oparanya have all indicated that they are ready to shelve their interest and support Raila.

As someone who has only stood with Raila in a single general election, that is 2017, Jimmy Wanjigi should drop his 2022 presidential bid and support Raila Odinga who is perhaps contesting for the last time because of his advanced age.

If Raila wins the presidency, he stands greater chances of improving Wanji's political influence and he could be one of the top presidential hopefuls in the 2027 general elections.

Due to his age, nothing prevents Jimi Wanjigi from contesting for Nairobi gubernatorial seat. Nairobi governor seat always attract the top brains in the country because it is the capital city of Kenya and with the highest number of registered voters.Photo: Jimmy Wanjigi

With Raila's and ODM party support, Wanjigi could give other candidates eyeing the Nairobi governor seat a run for their money. This could make him one of the most powerful leaders in the ODM party.

If going for Nairobi governor could not be good for the businessman, he can still have a chat with Raila who is still his good friend to pick him as his running mate.Photo: Mombasa governor Hassan Joho with Raila Odinga.

This could as well be a greater advantage to Raila because Wanjigi will help him secure good number of votes from the vote-rich Mount Kenya region. Doing this will make Jimi Wanjigi to inherit Raila's political influence after 2022.

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