ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Mudavadi have declined to support ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.
President Uhuru Kenyatta met the two leaders together with Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula and KANU’s in Mombasa this week where he urged them to support Raila because he had the best chance of beating Deputy President William Ruto in 2022.
However, Mudavadi and Kalonzo have declined to drop their presidential bids for Raila, arguing that it is time for the ODM boss to support one of them. Both supported Raila in 2017.
Lugari MP Ayub Savula, a close ally of Mudavadi, told a local daily that the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) Principals were put under a lot of pressure during the Mombasa meeting.
“Our principals were put under a lot of pressure. I spoke to him (Mudavadi) yesterday after the meeting and he told me he stuck to his guns,” Savula said.
“Sisi tumekaa ngumu. Hatuwezi beba mtu tena. Hatubebi mtu. There is pressure to have Musalia to support Tinga (Raila) lakini sisi hatubebi mtu tena (We have stuck to our guns. We’re not going to prop up anybody this time round,” Mr Savula said.
Wiper co-vice chairman Victor Swanya also confirmed that OKA principals had been asked to rally behind Mr Odinga “but they flatly declined.”
“Raila’s time is over. Our position is very clear. Raila should be a gentleman and retire with Uhuru Kenyatta as he has a very good opportunity to shape the next leaders of this great nation,” he told the Nation.