Speaking in Emuhaya constituency on Tuesday, March 8, Mudavadi’s right-hand man said the ANC’s initial strategy was to ensure that Mudavadi’s name would be on the ballot as a presidential candidate but they could not raise enough resources to sustain his presidential campaigns.
“He (Musalia Mudavai) did not have enough resources to sustain the presidential campaigns. We were disadvantaged since we did not have the resources to face Raila Odinga and William Ruto in the campaigns,” he said.
Both William Ruto and the ODM leader are considered the front runners in the August 9, statehouse race with Raila enjoying the backing of President Uhuru Kenyatta which included financial support.
The legislator said after realizing that the party was too broke to hold presidential campaigns, the ANC came up with an alternative plan to counter the onslaught from former Prime Minister Raila Odinga after their bitter breakup in the National Super Alliance (Nasa).
“The only option for us then was to join the deputy president and work with him,” the legislator said as quoted by the Daily Nation.
During the ANC National Delegates Convention (NDC) at the Bomas of Kenya on Sunday, January 23, Mudavadi announced that his party had officially ditched the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) and joined William Ruto’s camp.
The announcement saw his OKA co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Gideon Moi (Kanu) storm out of the ANC delegates meeting.
Agoi who has declared interest to succeed Vihiga Governor Wilberforce Otichilo in the forthcoming elections faulted the ANC leaders who walked out of the party following Mudavadi’s move to work with Ruto saying they were after their own selfish interests.