OKA leaders say they are not in a rush to name a presidential candidate
Two One Kenya Alliance principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi have downplayed pressure mounted by their allies to name the coalition’s presidential flag bearer by December 25th.
The duo, while likening demands by MPs allied to OKA to political fever on Saturday, said their primary concern would be deadlines issued by the electoral body-IEBC, in line with timelines set by the elections act as well as the political parties law.
"Remember even in 2002 it was just three months and it he was announced in September when the elections were in December, and he won. So we still have time," said ANC chair Musalia Mudavadi at Nairobi East Seventh Day Adventist Church after a Sabbath service.
"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 of rushing like the rest of you do," added Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
Their troops however, have been demanding the unveiling of OKA's flag bearer by December 25th, with Mudavadi's allies insisting on his name.
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala said that they shall opt to merge ties with like minded partners if there won't be a candidate announced by Christmas day.
"Tukimaliza 25th December kama One Kenya Alliance hatujapata a presidential candidate, we shall look for other friends," said Malala.
Lurambi MP Titus Khamala disputed the stalling blaming it to hold Mudavadi from running further activities.
"Hatutaki One Kenya Alliance iwe chombo ya kuweka Musalia parking indefinitely, tunataka candidate mara moja twende kazi," claimed Khamala.
This comes at a time where there are high speculations that the ANC leader was warming up to Deputy President William Ruto, with Musyoka and KANU leader Gideon Moi seen to tilt towards a re-union with ODM chief Raila Odinga.
The duo however maintained their unity downplaying the perceived split.
"Sisi tuko team moja hodari sana ambayo haibanduki na tunajua ni wapi tunataka kuelekeza taifa hili," said Kalonzo Musyoka.
The One Kenya Alliance team is in talks with Mt. Menya Unity forum leaders, among them NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and the Service Party leader Mwangi Kiunjuri.
For now, the duo wants IEBC financed and facilitated to conduct a free, fair and credible election, while cautioning against interference by other government agencies.