He, as a result, wants members of the OKA Coalition, who are also eyeing forming the next government, to team up with the former Premier, even as they say that they cannot back him and must be in the ballot.
But the MP says that it would be best if they heed to President Uhuru Kenyatta's advice and drop their hard stance, terming this the easiest and easiest way to defeat their common opponent William Ruto.
Speaking in Nyamira on Friday, he observed that if this were to happen and the four leaders were to declare Raila Tosha, then he (Raila) will be declared President very early in the morning of the poll day.
"People have voluntarily turned up in large numbers to welcome you (Raila). I plead with the opposition leaders (OKA) you worked with before to join you and support you for one term. We were strong together (defunct National Super Alliance). If you join forces, we will win at 8am. All party leaders should talk together,” he said when he hosted Raila.
Raila was in the company of area governor Amos Nyaribo, Kisii Governor James Ongwae and CSs Mutahi Kagwe (Health), Fred Matiang'i (Interior) and Eugene Wamalwa of the Ministry of Defence.
All the leaders and state officials endosed his presidential bid, with Matiang'i, who was reportedly to be endorsed by Uhuru before Raila was picked, saying that everything points at a Raila presidency.
"The Handshake gave me the opportunity to support him. I have looked across the country and I am sure majority of Kenyans are supporting the Handshake,” he," said the CS, who at some point never saw eye to eye with the veteran politician and his allies.
It could, however, prove to be an uphill task for Raila to rally the OKA team behind him, considering that reports suggest that even Uhuru has tried and failed.
Three of the chiefs, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka have ruled out supporting him again, after each doing it twice, with only KANU boss Gideon Moi being seen as likely to work with him.
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