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Uhuru meets OKA leaders in State House, asks them to back Raila in 2022 battle against Ruto

Sunday, October 31st, 2021 12:35 | By
President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) after a consultative meeting with political party leaders Wycliffe Oparanya, Musalia Mudavadi, Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula and Gideon Moi at State House, Mombasa. Photo/PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta reportedly met One Kenya Alliance on Saturday October 30, 2021 in a bid to convince them into supporting ODM leader Raila Odinga in the 2022 polls.

The Head of State met ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula. Baringo senator Gideon Moi and ex-Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo, who are also members of the OKA team, were not present at the meeting.

According to reports by a local daily, the President whipped the OKA principals to shelve their presidential bids in favour of the former prime minister.

The President is said to have scorned the leaders, telling them that he was not impressed by their actions, that he opined could scuttle his plans for the future of the country.

The President also posited that the continued parallel campaigns by the OKA team was causing confusion among the electorate and specifically in the bastions of the now defunct NASA coalition.

Uhuru is said to have put ANC party leader on the spot for his numerous remarks that insinuated that the country's economy is increasingly declining under the President's watch.

Speaking on the meeting, ANC Deputy party leader Ayub Savula stated that the President was only appealing to the OKA leaders to support Raila and not compelling them for the same.

"The President is meeting the OKA leaders at State House because these are people who represent political parties, they have to consult. There is an issue of convincing and as Uhuru said before, opposition leaders have to unite because they have a common enemy but is just an appeal, he cannot force them to support a particular person," he said.

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