Even before 2020 grassroots poll for ODM party, rival candidates have heightened campaigns, with tension brewing ahead of competition.

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Mr Raila Odinga is planning to use the poll as a grand strategy to resuscitate the party whose fortunes have dwindled in the last couple of years.

In 2017, the ODM party lost her stature as Kenya's biggest single political party both at Parliament and local assemblies.

"We shall use the polls to send a signal to our rivals. We have learnt from our failure," Secretary General Edwin Sifuna had said in a past event.

In Nyamira, early campaigns have been manifested in Youth League team. Young people are positioning themselves to grasp the opportunity, which can in long run land them in assembly.

Beavon Magare is rolling sleeves again the incumbent Dennis Marube. In the recent weeks, their supporters have been trading barbs on social media.

"My bid is unstoppable. I am not a stranger in ODM. I will face my competitors and let the best candidate win," Magare said.

'Nation' journalist Nyambega Gisesa has also positioned himself for mainstream Secretary General post. He's likely to face competition from another journalist, who asked not to be named for fear of infiltration to his camp.

Senior paralegal Vincent Omao says the poll will be a big test for the party's national treasurer Timothy Bosire, who is eyeing Nyamira gubernatorial seat.

"These polls are do or break for Bosire. He must ensure that despite the contest, everyone remains satisfied with the credibility. He needs everyone for his next assignment," he said on Wednesday in an interview.