ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi’s foot soldiers have cautioned him against sacrificing his presidential dreams in favor of ODM leader Raila Odinga ahead of the 2022 presidential race.
This followed reports President Uhuru Kenyatta during a meeting with Raila, ex- NASA principals, and KANU chair Gideon Moi at State House Mombasa urged the One Kenya Alliance principals to shelve their presidential ambitions for the ODM leader.
But speaking on Wednesday, August 11, at a funeral service in Vihiga County, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala warned Mudavadi against sacrificing his dream to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta for the sake of Raila Odinga.
“Now don’t get there and say you’re letting someone go. Know this is not your decision as Musalia Mudavadi. This time we as Amani National Congress leaders have said you must get to the ballot,” Malala said.
Malala’s sentiments were supported by Lugari Member of Parliament Ayub Savula who said the ANC had maintained its position and that the party would not support anyone else at this time.
Savula insisted that the former vice president had all it takes to lead 48 million+ Kenyans, given his composure and non-confrontational brand of politics.
“And this (Musalia) Musalia has the qualities of being president. From western Musalia Mudavadi is the only non-threatening leader and that is why I am telling you this is the next President of the Republic of Kenya,” Savula said.
On Tuesday, August 10, the Head of State summoned the OKA team alongside Raila for unity talks in Mombasa where it is reported that the President pressured other aspirants to drop their bids in favor of the ODM Leader.
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka maintained that he will not support Raila Odinga again in the race to State House.
Although the opposition leader is yet to publicly declare his interest in the presidency, it’s clear that he will be on the ballot if the recent developments are anything to go by.
Already Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya announced that he will shelve his presidential ambitions in the event his party leader Raila Odinga will be vying.