A visit to Vihiga county by a delegation led by Nandi Governor Stephen Sang to attend a funeral appeared to be a ploy to entice Mudavadi to rally Western support for the DP.
Speaking at the funeral of Ezina Kaluhi, the wife of Kibwareng Ward MCA Jackson Swadi, at Mukhulu grounds on the border of Vihiga and Nandi counties, Sang said a Ruto-Mudavadi ticket would guarantee them the presidency in round one.
Mudavadi listened intently as Ruto's lieutenants made their case, but Western leaders in attendance urged Kenyans to support the ANC leader's presidential bid in the August 9 elections.
"We were where Mudavadi is now when we supported Raila; now it's time for him (Mudavadi) to go his own way and think about making new friends, including Ruto," the governor said.
Sang stated that the Nandi and Luhya have a political history and that it was past time for them to rekindle their unity in 2022. He urged Mudavadi to abandon Raila in favor of forming a political alliance with Ruto.
The governor advised the ANC leader not to wait for anyone's approval.
This was in reference to a series of State House meetings in Mombasa between President Kenyatta, leaders of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA), and Raila.
Mudavadi is joined by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Kanu chairman Gideon Moi, and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang'ula in OKA.
"Stop the State House meetings in Mombasa and Nairobi and go to the ground, as Ruto is doing. You should not be deceived because we already know the President will eventually back Raila "Sang stated.
He claimed that the only way Mudavadi could expand his popularity beyond the Western world was to form alliances with like-minded leaders, or risk losing his backyard."
The governor expressed confidence in the DP's ability to wrest Western voters away from Mudavadi. However, Mudavadi stated unequivocally that his eyes are set on the prize and that he will not support anyone else.
Mudavadi warned leaders against inflaming tribalism and urged them to unite Kenyans ahead of the elections.
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