Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi is increasingly getting isolated in the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) following reports two principals in the alliance are now willing to shelve their presidential ambitions in favor of ODM leader Raila Odinga.
OKA comprises party leaders Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Gideon Moi (KANU), Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya), and Musalia Mudavadi (ANC).
According to the latest reports, Mudavadi is under immense pressure to join his fellow OKA principals in rallying behind the former prime minister who is not only President Uhuru’s preferred choice but also the only strong opponent to beat Deputy President William Ruto.
Aware of his isolation in OKA, sources intimate the ANC leader is already assembling his separate presidential secretariat and is ready to go full hog into the presidential campaigns.
”From the look of things, Mudavadi is determined to be on the ballot. He has assembled a team to design and execute his communications strategy. He has also hired top-notch technocrats to set up campaign structures,” óne of Mudavadi’s insiders told a local publication.
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja is one of the prominent leaders around the former deputy prime minister given a senior role in the ANC supremo’s presidential campaigns.
Over the weekend, Wiper boss Kalonzo Musyoka said should he resolve not to run for the presidency, and support Raila Odinga a third time, it would be out of a good reason and new negotiations, considering he had previously vowed not to work with the former prime minister again, to pursue power.
”Surely, to support him a third time would take some really serious introspection. That is why I said I would be a fool. Maybe, I could turn up to be that fool. If I end up supporting him again then I would have to give a good reason. If it comes to that, there will be negotiations. And as they say in business, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate for,” the Wiper leader told a local publication on Saturday.