He has been crisscrossing the country drumming up support for his bid, with everything pointing at him facing off with Raila for the Orange party ticket.
But he has said that he is ready for the primaries, provided that they are free and fair, adding that he will concede and endorse Raila should he lose to him.
This is as he still expresses confidence that he will emerge the winner, saying that his plan now is to pull as many party delegates to his side as possible.
"I am confident that I will win a good majority of these delegates because the time for fresh leadership in the party and in the country has come. I will, however, support Raila should I lose in a free and fair nomination" he told the Nation on Friday.
This follows a confirmation from party National Elections Board Chair Catherine Mumma, whobaid that the primaries will come after grassroot polls.
This is even as she admitted that none of the two have officially applied for the party's ticket, including Raila, whose interest is in the public domain.
"Right now I am doing party grassroots elections, when I am done, I will then get into the business of getting party presidential candidates. If they will not be interested, I have two candidates, the board will pick one,” she had told the paper on Thursday.
But Wanjigi's bid is also being seen as suspect, with some members like party deputy leader Wycliffe Oparanya suspecting that he is up to something.
The Kakamega governor recently questioned Wanjigi's demand about the party elections, the fear being that his plan could be to wreck ODM from within and deny it time to prepare for 2022.
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