Kenya’s Opposition Chief, Odinga Lobbies Africa Leaders For AU Top Job

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Kenya’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga is lobbying other African leaders to support his candidacy of becoming Africa Union Commission (AUC) chairperson.

Odinga, who has expressed interest in the powerful position of the Commission said he is lobbying other African leaders to evaluate his candidacy before he formally applies for the role.

“I am inclined to accept the challenge and I am ready and I offer myself to be of service. I have asked my friend (Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo) to continue to be a good ambassador and talk to other people,” he was quoted as saying.

Mr Odinga served as the AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa between 2018 and February 2023, a tenure that ended due to controversy.

His candidature must be backed by President William Ruto’s administration and this could effectively shift the political landscape in the country as Raila would not be permitted to join the 2027 presidential race.

For one to clinch the position, member states have to throw their weight behind that candidate.

According to the continental bloc, the chairperson of the AUC is the chief executive officer, the union’s legal representative and accounting officer.