The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has told the NASA co-principals to forget Raila Odinga’s support in 2022.
The Orange party’s secretary-general Edwin Sifuna on Tuesday, January 26 challenged Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka to stop dreaming of being endorsed by Raila in 2022.
Instead, Sifuna has asked the leaders to take advantage of ODM’s public notice and apply to be the party flagbearer for 2022 State House bid.
A fortnight ago, politicians across the divide used the funeral service of Mudavadi’s mother to drum up support for his candidature for the top seat ahead of next year’s polls.
“If you know you cannot win without Baba’s support this is your chance. Come into his house, pick forms, apply, sit and wait. Or forever hold your peace,” Sifuna added.
In an advert placed in local dailies on Sunday, ODM elections board, chaired by Dr Catherine Mumma, asked members to send applications to National Elections Board if they want to be the party’s presidential candidate for 2022 General Election.
Mumma said interested candidates must pay Sh1 million non-refundable fee to the ODM account held at Kenya Commercial bank, Lavington branch.
Further, each applicant will be required to present the evidence of the payment to the party’s headquarters.
Yesterday, Mudavadi sustained his attacks on Raila, accusing him of breaching a promise he made in 2017 not to again contest the presidency.
Mudavadi said he had stood with Raila in his presidential bids over the years and it was time the ODM leader reciprocated.
Reports earlier indicated that Nasa was considering fielding one candidate to run against Ruto.
Nasa imploded following the March 9, 2018, handshake between Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mudavadi said he won’t support any other person and criticised Raila for reneging on his 2017 promise to run for the last time.
“He said in 2017 that he had one bullet. He has now abandoned his gun because it has no bullets, and now he has taken another person’s gun because he wants to load bullets,” he said.
Mudavadi spoke on Sunday in Matungu when he campaigned for his ANC candidate Peter Nabulindo. He addressed supporters at Mukhweya, Namulungu and Mirere centres.
Mudavadi also accused Deputy President William Ruto of dishonesty, deceit and disrespect to Kenyans and President Kenyatta.
He termed the DP’s support of the recently launched UDA party as a mockery of the tenets of democracy and party loyalty.
The ANC boss said the DP cannot distance himself from the undertakings of the Jubilee party and the government he formed together with Uhuru.