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The running mate dilemma: Raila Odinga vs DP Ruto’s choices

With less than two weeks until the electoral commission’s deadline for presidential candidates to submit the names of their running mates, all eyes are on the candidates’ choices.

Given the candidates’ strength, Kenyans are focusing their attention on the two front-runners, or as they call them, “the two big horses”: Raila Odinga of the Azimio-One Kenya Coalition Party and Deputy President William Ruto of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.

This is significant because the choice of running mate has a significant impact on the presidential election outcome. One, it has a direct impact on influencing voters depending on a candidate’s general acceptability. This is based on the person’s profile and perceived capacity to assist the president.
Third, the choice reflects the presidential candidate’s commitment to principles, values, and character. Essentially, the voters’ assessment of the ticket captain’s values is based on the reputation of the chosen running mate.
Raila’s running mate is being considered by the Azimio-One Kenya Coalition Party. Martha Karua, Wiper head Kalonzo Musyoka, Agriculture CS Peter Munya, former MP Kenneth, Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, and his Kakamega and Kitui equivalents Wycliffe Oparanya and Charity Ngilu, among others, are among them.

Second, does the ticket captain have a certain demographic in mind for whom the running mate should appeal? For a long time, our voting patterns were easily defined along ethnic lines, with geographical zones reflecting this.

Ruto, too, is spoiled for choice. Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford-K Senator Moses Wetang’ula, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru are among the choices he has to choose from.
DP Ruto is going to have a tough time here. In terms of perceived national influence, Mudavadi is the highest-ranking politician. But, aside from the strong comments aimed to capture situations, he comes out as a non-aggressive man who takes things easy.
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