ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi is not the only OKA leader in the radar of some top state officials in their bid to clear the path for ODM leader Raila Odinga ahead of next year's presidential race, it has emerged.
On Monday, it was reported that Mudavadi is under intense pressure from powerful forces allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta to drop his presidential bid for next year and rally behind Raila's candidature.
This was confirmed by his own deputy party leader Ayub Savula, who confirmed that the deep state has been pressuring the former Vice President, even as he made it clear that Mudavadi will not stand down.
“That script is being fronted by some powerful individuals and government bureaucrats who are pushing Mudavadi and some of our members to support Raila, but we want to assure our supporters that his name will be on the ballot paper next year,” the Lugari MP told The Standard.
The paper also established that the two camps have held several meetings over the same issue, but no agreement has been arrived at so far.
It has emerged that the same kind of pressure is being instilled on Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka with the same intention; have him drop his 2022 bid and declare support for the former Prime Minister.
The leader is at the same time under pressure from leaders from his own region led by Kitui governor Charity Ngilu, members of the clergy from Ukambani and a section of his allies from the very same region.
The Nation has established that these leaders are afraid that Kalonzo has no other option if he is to benefit the region as going it alone or using another route will land the region in political oblivion.
But the former Vice President, just like Mudavadi, has in the public been saying that he cannot again support Raila and that it is now his time to lead the country. Both have supported Raila twice.
But pundits argue that the two, as well as their fellow OKA chiefs, could only be trying to elevate themselves in the eyes of the leading 2022 aspirants and are well aware that they are too weak to win.
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