ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna has assured other National Super Alliance co-principals of a loss should they vie for the presidency alone against William Ruto in 2022
In an interview on Citizen TV on Tuesday, July 13, Sifuna said ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka are highly unlikely to win if they go it separately unlike Raila Odinga who has a better chance even when alone.
He was responding to a suggestion by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, who was also on the TV show, that Raila Odinga needs other NASA co-principals to successfully mount a presidential challenge against William Ruto failure to which he will lose even before elections are held.
“If ODM goes alone and we face William Ruto (in the 2022 presidential race), between Raila Odinga and William Ruto we do not know who might win but in those other scenarios for Musalia Mudavadi defeat is assured, for Kalonzo Musyoka defeat is assured (against William Ruto)” Sifuna said.
Sifuna went ahead to brag how ODM enjoys countrywide support compared to Kalonzo, Musalia, and Wetangula’s parties which only enjoy regional or county supports.
“What is (Kalonzo’s) Wiper party without Johnstone Muthama? What is (Musalia Mudavadi’s party) ANC without its eloquent Secretary-General Barrack Muluka who left? What is (Moses Wetangula’s party) FORD Kenya without Bungoma governor and a few MPs from western Kenya?” said Sifuna.
The ODM Secretary-General further said that Musalia Mudavadi who has made it clear to contest for the top seat is willing to shelve his ambitions and support Raila Odinga but his advisors are pushing him not to drop his quest in favor of former Prime Minister.
“I am very sad for my brother Musalia because he is surrounded by people who are motivated by personal interests and will not give him the best avdvice,” he said.
NASA which brings together Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Raila Odinga (ODM) has seen the partners engage in bitter verbal exchanges in the recent past.
The other NASA co-principals accused Raila of betraying them after he failed to share with them the Political Parties Fund as well as failing to support one of them for the 2022 presidency.
Although Makeuni governor Kivutha Kibwana claimed that Raila was only to support another candidate if NASA won the 2017 elections, Kalonzo, Musalia and Wetang’ula have maintained that they all agreed to support Raila in 2017 and he would support someone else in the 2022 General Election.
Last week, Raila Odinga said he wished to support someone else but he is constrained by the fact that none of the other NASA co-principals is strong to face off with DP William Ruto.
“I have not refused to support somebody else. I have said that not once but several times that it must not be Raila Odinga,
“I am ready to support someone else but importantly who can I support that will ensure a win for us?” Raila said.