Details of Raila’s grand plot to take control of Nairobi ahead of August polls

Governor Evans Kidero has been identified as the chief lieutenant of the master plan that will cover the populous Nairobi County.

ODM party leader Raila Odinga addresses his supporters during a Madaraka Day rally at Uhuru Park on June 1, 2016.

Governor Evans Kidero has been identified as the chief lieutenant of the master plan that will cover the populous Nairobi that is considered by many as a swing county that will determine the winner of the August polls.

According to IEBC figures following the last two mass voter registration exercises, the opposition led by ODM and Jubilee Party will battle out for the county’s 2,304,386 voters.

In the 2013 elections, the Nairobi vote was split down almost in the middle.

Out of the 1,398,476 registered voters, Raila garnered 691,156 votes while President Uhuru Kenyatta garnered 659,490 votes.

Raila’s party boasts of having 43 out of the 85 elective seats in Nairobi.

2017 targets

Addressing hundreds of ODM aspirants on Tuesday at the Nyayo National Stadium, county branch chairman George Aladwa said that they the party had placed a target of winning at least 13 out of the 17 constituencies and 60 out of the 85 wards.

In 2013, ODM only managed to scoop 8 parliamentary seats in the county.

Only Starehe, Kasarani, Roysambu and Embakasi Central have been left out of the Orange party’s plan which they have conceded to be Jubilee Party zones.

Kidero said they will soon launch campaigns urging their supporters not to travel upcountry during the August election.

According to research, Kidero said that 15 to 20 per cent of ODM party supporters registered to vote in the city usually travel to their rural homes during election for fear of violence.

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