ODM party is Facing Internal Strife Over Alleged Endorsement Push, Rift Widens as Kalonzo Musyoka Seeks Raila Odinga’s Backing.The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) finds itself embroiled in controversy, with accusations swirling about internal power plays and endorsement maneuvers.
The latest uproar revolves around claims that former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka is pressuring ODM leader Raila Odinga for a coveted endorsement ahead of the 2027 presidential elections.
During a recent gathering in Kitui, Raila Odinga addressed the speculations head-on, stating unequivocally that he harbors no objections to endorsing Kalonzo Musyoka. He highlighted Musyoka’s unwavering support over the past 15 years, framing it as a testament to their enduring political alliance.
However, beneath the surface of apparent unity, fissures within ODM are becoming increasingly evident. Siaya Senator Oburu Odinga, elder brother to Raila Odinga, recently waded into the fray, suggesting that Raila still possesses the vigor and vitality necessary to confront the challenges posed by President Ruto in the 2027 presidential race.
His remarks were perceived as a thinly veiled admonishment directed at those clamoring for Raila’s endorsement, particularly in reference to Kalonzo Musyoka.
Senator Oburu Odinga’s remarks underscore a deeper tension within the party, where competing factions vie for influence and position themselves strategically for future electoral battles.
The assertion that Raila Odinga should eschew premature endorsements and instead engage directly with the electorate underscores a broader sentiment within ODM, advocating for a grassroots approach to political legitimacy.
In response to these developments, voices from within the ODM ranks have expressed concern over the potential ramifications of internal discord on the party’s electoral prospects. Some fear that the public spectacle of infighting could undermine ODM’s image as a cohesive and formidable political force, thereby eroding its support base and weakening its standing on the national stage.
As the political landscape continues to evolve, the rift within ODM serves as a stark reminder of the complexities inherent in coalition politics and the delicate balance of power within political parties.
With the 2027 elections looming on the horizon, the stakes are higher than ever, and the decisions made in the corridors of power today will shape the trajectory of Kenya’s political landscape for years to come.
In the face of these challenges, the onus falls upon ODM leadership to navigate the turbulent waters of internal dissent and forge a path forward that reconciles competing interests while upholding the party’s core values and objectives.
Only time will tell whether ODM can rise above the discord and emerge stronger, or whether internal strife will prove to be its undoing in the battles that lie ahead.