All eyes are on Wiper party boss Kalonzo Musyoka after he continued to threaten he would ditch Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition if he is not picked as Raila Odinga’s running mate.

His close ally, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr, has indicated that Kalonzo has a backup plan that involves him cutting ties with Odinga vying for president in the August election.

Kilonzo Jr says Wiper already collected 2,000 signatures in 24 counties to back his State House bid, as required by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC).

“We agreed that the signature collection should start immediately and be complete by Thursday; we are looking ahead. We cannot be begging all the time. We are ahead of the game,” the Senator told the Standard newspaper.

Mutula Kilonzo Jr. 

The former Vice President has in the recent weeks vowed to pull out of Azimio Coalition Party if he is not chosen to deputize Raila for the third time, saying he is the most suited.

He has even vowed he would not attend the running mate interviews which were being conducted by the Azimio Running Mate Selection Panel but changed his mind last minute.

But sources say Kalonzo is hellbent on having his way after his name was submitted to Raila alongside those of Martha Karua and Peter Kenneth for consideration as running mate.

However, pundits and Kenyans are pondering what his performance would be in the August poll if he were to run alone and what his end game is in such a controversial political move.

Kalonzo Musyoka and Raila Odinga. PHOTO/COURTESY

If he was to pull such a move, it would be a replica of 2007 when he parted ways with Raila (ODM) and remained with ODM-Kenya through which he contested the presidency then.

He went on to garner 879,903 votes to emerge third behind Raila Odinga 4,352,993 in second place and President Mwai Kibaki won with 4,584,721 votes in contested results that resulted in the 2007-2008 post-election violence.

Raila is set to this weekend name his pick from the list that has Karua, Kalonzo and Kenneth ranked in that order by the Azimio selection panel following interviews done last week.