As he trains his guns on the 2022 presidential race, Deputy President William Ruto must be well aware of the challenge that lies ahead.
And if he is to overcome the treachery and be installed as the country's fifth President, he has to assemble a group of allies to deliver the seat.
Without looking far, Garissa Township MP Aden Duale is one biggest political asset for the DP. With over 12 years at the centre of the country's politics, the National Assembly majority leader is one man who can bankroll the DP's political manoeuvres in the run to the 2022 poll.
Though it was ODM leader who introduced the former Dujis legislator to politics in 2007, he is currently one of the DP Ruto's marshalls who have gained political muscle.
Today as a political heavyweight in his own rights, Duale can play a leading role in fighting for the DP's State House ambition.
With good mobilization skills, and as a political kingpin of the North-Eastern region, Duale can easily swing the region in favour of Dr Ruto.
As opposed to his early days in politics where Duale was known for his repulsive nature of politics, the Garissa Township lawmaker has learnt the tricks very fast. Today, his political approach is diplomatic and his choice of words has changed.
Going to 2022, Duale is a political crown jewel that Dr Ruto cannot afford to lose to a rival.