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Deputy President William Ruto is in a two-day tour in the western region and during his tour yesterday in Kakamega and Vihiga counties, he urged Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford-Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang’ula to back his presidential bid.

“The 2022 presidential poll will be a two-horse race pitting me against Tinga (Mr Odinga). This leaves my brothers, [Mr] Mudavadi and [Mr] Wetang’ula with only two options., either choose to work with me or with Mr Odinga. But since they supported Odinga in [2017] and know how [it] ended, they are welcome to my camp and they will have no regrets.”

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His allies declared that the DP is willing to sign pre-election coalition agreements with the pair suggesting that next year’s presidential race would be between him and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga.

The second in command added it would not be wise for ANC and Ford-Kenya to back Mr Odinga again given their falling out in the past. Dr Ruto signalled his intention to court OKA leaders in a strategy to lock out Mr Odinga from the vote-rich Western region saying OKA principals had been duped to take part in “boardroom interviews” to establish who among them was best-suited to succeed President Kenyatta when the scheme was meant to benefit Mr Odinga.

Ruto was accompanied by MPs; Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), John Waluke (MP Sirisia) as well as former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa, and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale.

“We welcome the two OKA principals to work with Ruto because they have indicated that they are not ready to work with Mr Odinga when they skipped his Azimio la Umoja convention. We assure them of our support [towards forming a partnership] with the DP,” said Mr Washiali. 

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