Monday September 30, 2019 - The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has made it abundantly clear that it will not participate in negotiations aimed at fronting Amani National Congress (ANC) leader, Musalia Mudavadi, as a "compromise presidential candidate" for the 2022 General Elections.
Speaking on the issue, ODM Secretary General, Edwin Sifuna, told Mudavadi to forget ever being endorsed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga because that will never happen.
"We (ODM), as one of the big players, are ruling out involvement in any such discussion because Mr Mudavadi has demonstrated more than once that he is not a trusted ally,” ODM Secretary General, Edwin Sifuna, revealed.
This comes even as talks are rife in political circles of plans to front Mudavadi as a compromise candidate in an arrangement similar to a plan mooted by some of former President Mwai Kibaki's associates ahead of the 2013 elections.
Even though Mudavadi’s private secretary, Kibisu Kabatesi, denied claims they are seeking to have the ANC leader picked as a compromise candidate in 2022, Sifuna insisted that it has been “their wish all along”.
“Talk of Mudavadi being a compromise candidate or 'safe pair of hands' has always originated from ANC.”
“It is and has remained his only claim to the presidency.”
“He defines himself relative to others, not by what he would do for the country,” Sifuna said.
However, Kabatesi accused Sifuna of making unsubstantiated remarks, insisting that Mudavadi was the right candidate and not a compromise one.
He told off Sifuna saying his ranting suggests their entity is in confusion and scared of the future.
“Constant nagging from Mr Sifuna speaks volumes about an entity that is in disarray, fearful and afraid of the future,” he said.
The Kenyan DAILY POST