The Amani National Congress party Secretary General Simon Kamau Gikuru has doubled down against alleged pressure that is being put on his party leader to step down in favour of another presidential candidate. This comes hot on the heels of a weeklong sustained campaign by the OKA leaders who have reiterated their stand to run in next year’s election and not bow to pressure from anywhere.
Secretary General Simon Kamau Gikuru was speaking while making an appearance on KBC’s late night primetime news interview which was conducted by the station’s presenter Saffin Achieng’a.
Responding to a question about whether the ANC party leader would be going the whole way, Gikuru was unequivocal. He maintained that the decision to run in the coming year’s general election was not a decision that Musalia Mudavadi had made at a personal level to begin with. It was a decision made by the registered members of the ANC party who are three million in number.
Going by this, Gikuru made it clear that whoever was pilling pressure on the party leader was wasting time, and should instead be pilling pressure on them who mandated Mudavadi to run.
Gikuru went further ahead to make it more categorical that his party leader would be running in next year’s poll by declaring that the party ticket didn’t matter a lot.
Gikuru told his host that what was certain, and as a matter of fact left no room for discussion, was the fact that Musalia would be on the ballot next year. He admitted that whether his candidature would be on the One Kenya Alliance ticket or not was the only topic that could probably be debatable, but his running was a given.
In the past week, the OKA principles led by Musalia Mudavadi traversed the Western region confirming their intention to appear on the ballot in next year’s general elections, and criticising an unnamed operator for trying to intimidate them.
Unconfirmed reports have stated that the OKA leaders have repeatedly been summoned to State House and coerced into supporting the former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga.
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