Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is leaving nothing to chance as he assembles his troops for what many believe will be his fifth attempt at the presidency.

ODM Political Affairs Secretary and Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi confirmed that the unfolding developments are geared towards 2022.

“The party leader is re-energising ODM within the grand plan to building a massive movement for 2022. The events are part of the journey to his bid for State House”.

Last week saw Odinga welcomed former ODM party stalwarts who bolted out in 2017 back into the fold.

Former MPs Omondi Anyanga, Oyugi Magwanga, Jakoyo Midiwo, Reuben Ndolo, Elizabeth Ongoro and George Omondi are among the prodigal sons who returned home.

Raila Odinga welcoming ODM party defectors back into the party
Raila Odinga welcoming ODM party defectors back into the party

Although Odinga has not confirmed his entry into the 2022 race, his confidants have hinted at the possibility of Odinga entering the race with analysts opining that the regrouping is part of a wider scheme to floor DP Ruto and anyone elese who may enter the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Odinga is casting his nets wider with reports of a broader handshake coalition in the offing.

The coalition will bring on board those jumping out of the Jubilee ship that appears to be sinking as internal wrangles become the order of the day with two rival factions (Kielewke and Tangatanga) emerge.

Through the handshake, the former prime minister has reinvented himself, transitioning from the opposition to the center of power, much to the chagrin of DP Ruto’s allies.

The aftermath of this has been President Kenyatta’s party speaking in different tongues, reading from different scripts and fighting amongst themeselves eve as the ODM party leader unites his team.

Jubilee falling apart, Duale and Murkmen lament

Aden Duale, the National Assembly Majority leader acknowledged the reality of the handshake stating that “He (Odinga) found us in peace with a formidable party. Today, we are struggling to remain united. If there is no intervention, we will see Jubilee disintegrate. That is what Raila is good at, he excels in destruction”.

File image of Aden Duale with Kipchumba Murkomen
File image of Aden Duale with Kipchumba Murkomen

“Uhuru’s intentions were pure - to unite Kenyans. Raila saw an opportunity to resuscitate his dying career though the BBI rallies. He has betrayed what the handshake spirit was,” added Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen.