The former prime minister Raila Odinga's move last week to whereby he directed his allies to welcome president William Ruto to his backyard counties of Nyanza leading to a rousing reception continues to elicit reactions.
During the two-day tour, the president met and held talks with ODM leaders from luo nation led by governors Gladys wanga of Homabay, James Orengo of Siaya and Ochilo Ayako of Migori among others where development took centre stage with Ruto promising to develop all regions irrespective of how they voted.
Analysts are of the opinion that Raila's latest move is a clear indication that he has conceded defeat and is now out to forge a relationship with Ruto that will in the end forestall rebellion in his Backyard.
United states international university (USIU) lecturer Macharia munene argues that the azimio boss's U-turn is evidence that he has accepted that he lost the election hence his quest for a truce with Ruto who is equally eager to partner with Raila without calling it a handshake.
“It is good politics that makes Raila look civil and Ruto magnanimous. The backdoor handshake is likely to be realised with Raila getting a powerful position, more powerful than the DP post,” says Professor munene.
According to ODM insiders, Raila's push for cooperation will help stem the rebellion that he has been experiencing in the recent past.
Some of the latest detectors include former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero and jack Ranguma among others.
It now remains to be seen what their (rebels) next move will be now that the president seems to have shifted attention to the ODM boss.
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