ODM leader Raila Odinga still enjoys some sympathy among some members of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA), despite their declarations that they can't work with him ever again, it has emerged.
OKA comprises four leaders, three of whom have worked with Raila previously, including in the 2017 general polls, and who, accusing him of political conmanship, have ruled out working with him in 2022.
But fresh details indicate that despite their recent anti-Raila 2022 declarations and their attacks on the ex-Premier, some of these leaders are still interested in working with Raila in next year's general elections.
Sources have revealed that they even said this during their 5-hour meeting on Tuesday, and were given permission to try and deliberate on it with him.
The Standard has been that it was agreed, however, that he will have to join as an equal partner and allow for a collective decision for the presidential candidate.
An MP who attended the meeting revealed that the alliance has began working in preparation for the elections, with its main opponent currently being Deputy President William Ruto.
“We will exploit who can partner with us in filling the gaps presented by the technical team so that we can craft a strategy in countering the DP, determine his influence in Central Kenya,” he told the paper.
The paper was also told that in the event that Raila refuses to come in under the given authority, he will be the second enemy in OKA's list, which will mean that it will be approaching the polls as the third force.
It has also been revealed that the OKA is nor planning on going back on its plans, and has since preserved the name before the parties officially join in.
“We have already reserved the OKA name but we are unable to enter into any legal pact with constituent parties because each are still in other active pre and post-election agreements deposited at the Registrar of Political Parties,” said another MP.
The development comes as bad news for President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has reportedly been trying to rally the four leaders behind Raila to better his winning chances in 2022.
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