President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday held an emergency meeting with all One Kenya Alliance principals except one, Kanu leader Gideon Moi.
According to reports, the president held a meeting with three principals – Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) – so that they could have an agreement over a possible coalition ahead of the 2022 General Elections.
During the meeting, the president is said to have urged the OKA principals to drop their presidential ambitions and work with ODM leader Raila Odinga.
ANC deputy party leader and Lugari MP Ayub Savula told a local publication that the Head of State is interested in seeing the former Nasa leaders work together to beat Deputy President William Ruto in the 2022 elections.
“The president is meeting the OKA leaders at State House because these are people who present political parties, they have to consult. This is an issue of convincing and as Uhuru said before, opposition leaders must unite because they have a common enemy,” Savula told Sunday Nation.
As the president was trying to convince the OKA principals to unite, Kanu leader Gideon Moi was suspiciously missing from the meeting.
Gideon Moi is said to have been in Kajiado county pushing for his presidential bid, something that President Kenyatta is trying to convince his colleagues at OKA to stop.
The absence of Gideon from the meeting sounds suspicious as he has always been available in two other meetings OKA principals have had with the president.
It is not immediately why the Kanu chairman missed the meeting with the president but it might be a show of open defiance to the president or he has shown little resistance to join Raila’s side.