One Kenya Alliance principals resolve to field their own Presidential candidate after their Naivasha meeting

One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals have resolved that they would field their own presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2022 Presidential election.

While addressing the media on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 in Naivasha, Nakuru County after the conclusion of their deliberations, the OKA principals announced that they would field their own flag bearer in 2022 Presidential election.

“As the “Great Rift Valley Declaration”, we hereby unequivocally state that One Kenya Alliance will field a presidential candidate in next year’s general elections. And the fifth president is here.

“Therefore, our vision and mission is to resuscitate Kenya’s economy and hence, we require practical solutions to the economic challenges our people are grappling with. Empty narratives and sloganeering on economic models are not the antidote to our challenges,” the OKA statement read in part.

The leaders who are eyeing for the OKA Presidential ticket include; Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Kenya African National Union (KANU) leader Gideon Moi and Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula.

They met in Naivasha after President Uhuru Kenyatta reportedly pressured them to shelve their ambitions in favour of Raila.

Political Analyst Mark Bichachi opined that the four OKA principles does not stand a chance at winning the presidency judging by their performance in previous elections.

“Raila has inroads into Western (Kenya). If you withdraw Mudavadi, he has lost inroads. Whereas they may not necessarily bring him down completely, they do damage his chances. They do not damage it to the extent that they will win.

“(OKA) is making a critical miscalculation which is, ‘will they be able to hold their constituencies together?’ Does Mudavadi command all the Luhyas? No. Gideon Moi is not going to bring them any votes because from the Rift, he might not even make it to be Senator. Whatever they are speaking, when you look at it pragmatically, there is nothing they are saying there,” Bichachi stated.

“If they don’t support Raila, they have to remember how many votes they (Kalonzo) got in 2007 and how many they got in 2013 (Mudavadi). The truth of the matter is that it was not many. Mudavadi had 470,000 votes in 2013.

“They have to understand that Kenyans generally vote for the candidate they think is going to win,” he added.

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