By Andrew Ombuni
Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi is seeking the support of Luhya leaders as he hopes to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
He wants Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Ford Kenya Party leader Moses Wetang’ula and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa to back him for the presidency.
According to Mudavadi, for him to ascend to presidency, the region must be fully behind him before seeking support from other regions.
Mudavadi who spoke in his home turf of Vihiga County yesterday said he was the only candidate suited to succeed Uhuru in 2022 and said the region should field a single presidential candidate in a bid to get support from other regions.
“I want to be President of Kenya in 2022 and everyone from the region has to vote for me before any other region can think of supporting me. We must show a good example at home so that my quest for the top seat won’t have many hurdles,” said Mudavadi.
He added: “I want to go and look for friends out there but my fellow Luhya political leaders must prove to the nation that, as a region we are ready to lead the country. We should not field many candidates for the top seat but only me (Mudavadi).”
He asked senior political leaders from the region to start drumming support for him in public forums they attend.
According to Mudavadi, it was in bad faith for politicians from the region to claim that he is not interested for the top seat since he hasn’t made the announcement publicly.
“I am officially on the presidential ballot and no one should cheat Kenyans that I have not declared my interests of leading this country after Uhuru. It is time to internalize it and move to the next level,” he said.
A senior ANC official who sought anonymity said Mudavadi has already rolled out his campaign plan and more so by rebranding himself as the only opposition leader after ODM chief Raila Odinga joined government.
“Mudavadi is expanding his political networks and I can assure the 2022 polls will be a do or die battle. He as even recruited political strategists who previously worked the President and Raila in 2013 and 2017 presidential polls,” said the official.
The official said, Mudavadi has assembled a 15-member team to work on his presidential campaign plan including Eliud Owallo, who was Raila’s campaign manager in 2013, Eric Wafukho, David Kabeberi, lawyer Sam Karanja and George Musyoka.
Mudavadi has also recruited media guru Jimmi Gathu as his new media liaison manager.
Pix : Amani National Congress party Leader Musalia Mudavadi