A report by Daily Nation on Thursday, July 8, indicated that the billionaire kingmaker was ready to take on political enigma Raila Odinga for the party’s top spot.
He noted that he seeks to rise to the peak since he has been a life member of the party.
“I’ll be running for the ODM ticket and I’ll be taking on Raila Odinga and that will be my presidential ticket.
“As an ODM life member, I have what it takes to lead the party and the country, into the future,” the billionaire told the publication.
Wanjigi, on Wednesday, June 16, announced that he would be vying for the top seat come 2022.
Wanjigi, who has been a silent actor in Kenya’s politics, confirmed that he would be active and would not play the role of a Kingmaker anymore.
For many years, Wanjigi has been a political financier with Odinga, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto being among his clients.
He has made steadfast progress in his intention to run for the top seat with a video of hats printed with his initials going viral in recent weeks.
His declaration comes at a time the ODM party is trying to merge with Jubilee Party to have one candidate presented for the presidency.
Odinga, on the other hand, is yet to declare his interests for the seat although political analysts speculate that the race will involve the former premier battling it out with DP Ruto.
Towards the end of June, Odinga directed his party to implement a new popularisation strategy as it prepares for the 2022 general election which will be held in August next year.
In a statement by party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, ODM announced it had waived membership registration fee for a period of three months – under instructions from the party leader.
ODM Party had asked interested Presidential aspirants to make application for a competitive consideration after paying a fee of Ksh1 million.