Gitobu Imanyara: 2017 polls race will be battle between Raila, Uhuru, the rest should wait

Former Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara has told Cord co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula to shelve their presidential ambitions for 2017 until 2022 and support ODM party leader Raila Odinga.

Imanyara said Raila is best placed to give President Uhuru Kenyatta a run for his money during campaigns in preparation for the August 2017 polls.

He said the ODM party leader commands a large following in the country and has high chances of defeating Uhuru and ascend to State House.

Imanyara made the remarks on his official Facebook account in reference to Kalonzo’s recent statement that he would only back Raila’s bid for the presidency if he is convinced Raila will win the election.

“When will some people come to terms with the hard truth that next year’s presidential race will be a two horse race between Raila and Uhuru?” he said on Tuesday.

Imanyara during the 2013 general election contested for the Meru County Senatorial post on an ODM ticket but lost to Kiraitu Murungi of the Alliance Party of Kenya.

He remains one of Raila’s key allies in Meru County.

There have been calls from both the opposition and Jubilee politicians that Raila who has contested for the presidency three times and lost should bolt out of the race and support either Kalonzo, Wetangula or Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi.

This is despite opinion polls pointing that Raila remains the opposition’s most popular candidate.

There are indications that Raila, Kalonzo, Wetangula, Kanu’s Gideon Moi and Chama Cha Mashinani’s Isaac Ruto will form an alliance that will challenge President Uhuru in 2017.

The National Super Alliance will pick one candidate and the rest members will back and campaign for the candidate.

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