Deputy President William Ruto is behind the push for a merger of ANC and Ford-Kenya,ODM party has claimed.
Party Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna said ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula have already hinted at rallying behind Mr Ruto ahead of the 2022 poll.
Mr Sifuna, who was accompanied by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala and Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi, said the push for Luhya unity by Mr Wetang’ula and Mr Mudavadi is aimed at consolidating support in Western region as a bargaining chip in preparations for the next election.
Mr Osotsi said young leaders from the region will not allow Mr Wetang’ula and Mr Mudavadi to rally the community behind Mr Ruto.
“If they merge the two parties and come up with their own presidential candidate, we may think twice and join them. But we will not agree to be auctioned to our political competitor,” said Mr Osotsi.
“Recently, Ford-Kenya deputy party leader Boni Khalwale called on the DP to join forces with Mudavadi and Wetang’ula ahead of 2022. That is a clear indication that the two are consolidating support in Western region in order to auction the Luhya community to DP Ruto,” said Mr Sifuna at a press conference.
Mr Ruto has been reaching out to leaders from various regions for support in his bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta who is serving his final term.
“Mr Wetang’ula needs to know that under his leadership Ford-Kenya has become a diminished good in Western. The Luhya community is solidly behind Mr Odinga,” said Mr Sifuna.
“It is strange that in the middle of deepening economic crises for the people of Western Kenya, including the collapse of Nzoia and Mumias sugar companies, Mudete Tea Factory, Pan paper and massive scandals reported in the country, Mr Wetang’ula has remained quiet and finds his voice only against Mr Odinga,” said Mr Malala.
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