Why Nigerian President Endorsed Raila for AU Job

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, serving as an AU Special Envoy, recently threw his support behind Raila Odinga’s bid for the AU Commission chairperson role.

Obasanjo underscored the importance of African leaders guiding the Commission to its rightful place, sparking discussions on how Odinga’s regional political aspirations might be impacted.

In addressing the impending leadership transition within the AU, Obasanjo stressed the significance of backing current leaders to ensure a seamless shift. He highlighted the necessity for the next AU chair to possess a deep understanding of Africa’s challenges and provide visionary leadership.

Raila Odinga, a prominent opposition figure, made waves by announcing his candidacy for the AU Commission chair, prompting speculation about his future in Kenyan politics. With over two decades in opposition, Odinga’s potential victory in the AU role could entail a four-year hiatus from local political affairs.

Odinga’s pursuit of the AU chairmanship has raised concerns about the evolving dynamics in Kenya’s political landscape. His success could pave the way for figures like President William Ruto and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to exert greater influence domestically.

Additionally, aspirants for the presidency such as Eugene Wamalwa and Martha Karua might find increased visibility in Odinga’s absence from direct involvement in local politics.