Uhuru has for long been known to have identified the former Premier as his preferred successor, but has kept some distance from his campaigns, apparently to avoid being seen as forcing him on Kenyans.
But ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna has said that this will no longer be the case and the President will now be dispatching his people to actively campaign for Raila, in his bid to woo the voters.
He told The Standard that this is because the President has decided to back Raila, and that he (Raila) is the joint candidate of the ODM and Uhuru's ruling Jubilee Party outfits.
"If you have a joint presidential candidate how do you not have a joint presidential campaign team,” Sifuna, a close ally of Raila and a powerful figure in his political inner circle told the paper.
Already, a number of powerful people close to Uhuru late already being seen around Raila, as was the case on Monday, when four Mt Kenya governors were seen in his company and stopover rallies.
The four were Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), James Nyoro (Nyoro) and Laikipia's Nderitu Muriithi, with Raila's rallies also being seen to attract huge audiences.
"I was very warmly received during my visit. We have had a great time here. This is part of our meetings countrywide to understand the needs of the specific regions,” the leader said yesterday.
Uhuru's decision to team up with Raila comes after he reneged on his earlier promise to support his deputy William Ruto. His party is currently in coalition talks with Raila's ODM.
Ruto has also set his eyes on the Mt Kenya region and has been trying to raid it with the help of his allies from the region, most of whom have fallen out with the President for abandoning him.
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