President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals to support Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga in his 2022 presidential bid.
Reports revealed that the President showed the OKA politicians an opinion poll which indicated that Raila was the most popular Presidential candidate of all.
The head of state held a meeting with the former Prime Minister and OKA principals including; Gideon Moi (KANU), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) at State House in Mombasa.
The meeting was also attended by Kakamega Governor who is also the ODM Deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya.
Uhuru argued that Raila remains the most formidable politician to face off with Deputy President William Ruto in 2022 Presidential election.
A source privy to the meeting revealed that the Head of State warned the top politicians that they risk losing to DP Ruto should they fail to unite.
“The President warned the team they will lose to Ruto if they don’t unite and face him as a team,” a source stated.
The source also said that no deal was reached, with ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula reportedly protested about the presence of Oparanya at the meeting.
“The two felt that Oparanya’s invitation was meant to undermine them and openly protested in the presence of the President,” the source said.
President Uhuru is expected to schedule another meeting with a vie to bring the former National Super Alliance (NASA) principals to a common ground.
“They stood their ground and that is why it was decided that they all needed time to think about what each other wants,” the confidant said.
A confidant of one of the OKA principals disclosed that Raila was told that he was at liberty to join the One Kenya Alliance.