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EALA MP Oburu Odinga has dismissed fears among supporters of ODM leader Raila Odinga that he may be shortchanged by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP Oburu Odinga has moved to enlighten Kenyans on the status of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga.

The Jaramogi family spokesperson sought to address fears among followers of the former Prime Minister that the Head of State was looking to shortchange the ODM leader.

This comes after talks have emerged of a possible coalition between Raila and Deputy President William Ruto.

Oburu, however, stated that if there was such a plot, Raila would have to make a decision.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga shake hands at Harambee House on March 9, 2018. |Photo| Courtesy|

He maintained that the former premier and the Head of State were determining in uniting Kenyans through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

"I do not think the President has betrayed or shortchanged him (Raila) as the people may say. But in the event that there are any developments then we shall cross that bridge when we get there," Oburu stated.

His sentiments proceed allegations that President Kenyatta is bent on backing the One Kenya Alliance comprising ANC, KANU, Wiper-K and FORD-K.

Party leaders Musalia Mudavadi, Gideon Moi, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Moses Wetangula abandoned the National Super Alliance to form their new political vehicle with the hope of succeeding President Kenyatta.

ODM Chairman John Mbadi, however, warned that shortchanging their leader would not be as easy as perceived.

"Who would think that shortchanging ODM is easy? If anyone thinks so then let him watch this space. We are not "Sisi kwa Sisi" party but a serious movement in this country that cannot be shortchanged that easily," Mbadi declared.

Mbadi revealed that DP Ruto had called to check on Raila's health but maintained that the two were yet to engage on forming a political alliance.