The Opposition leader Raila Odinga is facing a major backlash in his Nyanza bastion after recently calling on voters to shun independent candidates who ditched the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party over shambolic nominations.
Raila who is now the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate, spoke on Saturday, May 20, during the burial of mother to nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro and former Ombudsman and Rarieda parliamentary aspirant Otiende Amollo.
The former premier said voters should snub independent candidates who lost in party primaries and instead back those vying under ODM and the parties affiliated to the Nasa coalition.
“Independents need to campaign for themselves. We have never said anywhere that we will campaign for them. Our uniform is orange; we are 10 million-plus strong. I am behind the ODM candidates and I urge those who have gone independent to support Nasa,” Raila said.
He made his sentiments on Sunday, May 21, while attending a church service in Kisumu.
According to Raila, the Nasa coalition is seeking to have more representation in Parliament to be able to execute its agenda, saying the independent candidates are not part of them.
The remarks seem to have angered many of his supporters in Nyanza and across the country who have come out to openly criticise him.
Among those who have bashed Raila is Ochillo Ayacko who lost to Okoth Obado in the Migori gubernatorial race. The former cabinet minister said Raila risks losing friends.
“Nasa flag bearer Raila Odinga is on record saying he has one bullet left, let him aim it at the clear enemies, not potential friends,” the Standard quoted Ayacko.
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