Deputy President William Ruto has used his rallies to publicly pursue Musalia Mudavadi of the Amani National Congress (ANC) and Moses Wetangula of FORD-Kenya into his camp.
The DP accused ODM leader Raila Odinga and his team of attempting to pursue Musalia only to disappoint him later during a tour of Likuyani constituency in Kakamega on Wednesday.
“Waliita Musalia hapa kumfanyia interview, alafu hata hawakumuita kumpea majibu,” said Ruto, “Sasa nawauliza, nyinyi mnataka Mudavadi afanye na mtu wa kitendawili ama afanye na hustler? Mnataka Wetangula afanye na kitendawili ama afanye na hustler?” he posed to cheers from the crowd chanting in support.
Moments before Ruto took the stage, Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa had also challenged Mudavadi to join the UDA.
Mudavadi, according to Barasa, should take his brilliant ideas for the presidency to UDA, which he claims has a better chance of winning.
“What I want to ask Musalia Mudavadi is that we in the Hustler Nation are inviting him so that he can bring his good ideas of what he could do if he were president so that they do not continue to rot in the shelf,” said the legislator.
The MP further stated that UDA was ready to sign a memorandum of understanding with the One Kenya Alliance co-principal to give him a chance to put his ideas to use at the Ruto camp.
“I can assure him that we are willing to sign a memorandum of understanding on the basis of what he wants the hustler government to implement,” he said.
“In the Hustler Nation it is not about available positions to be shared, but about what we are going to do to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor,” added Barasa.
This comes at a time when speculations that the ANC leader is warming up to DP Ruto keep escalating, with Musyoka and KANU leader Gideon Moi seen to tilt towards a reunion with ODM chief Raila Odinga.
OKA has dismissed speculations of separation within the alliance, maintaining that it is very much intact and that its co-principals are not under pressure to name a presidential candidate.
“There’s still enough time, I remember in 2017 we announced our presidential ticket with the NASA party on 27th April and the elections were in August. So for now we are rolling out plans, we do not see the need to rush like the rest of you do,” Kalonzo said on December 5.
Mudavadi announced in November that OKA will name its presidential candidate early next year, pushing the timeline further from the December 31 deadline the alliance co-principals had given before.