'I wish him well,' Mudavadi turns down Raila's invite to Azimio la Umoja convention

'I wish him well,' Mudavadi turns down Raila's invite to Azimio la Umoja convention

File image of ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his ODM counterpart Raila Odinga. PHOTO | COURTESY

  • Mudavadi said he will be tied down with personal engagements on the said day.
  • While referring to the former Prime Minister as a noteworthy competitor, the ANC party boss wished him success on his day.

Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi now says he will not attend his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) counterpart Raila Odinga’s much-publicized Azimio la Umoja convention at the Kasarani stadium on Friday.

Mudavadi, in a public statement released on Thursday, said he will be tied down with personal engagements on the said day.

While referring to the former Prime Minister as a noteworthy competitor, the ANC party boss wished him success on his day.

"I have just received an official invitation to Azimio la Umoja Convention. As noted herein, the invitation was addressed in my personal capacity as ANC Party Leader and not OKA Principal,” he said.

“Regrettably, I will not be able to attend because of personal engagements. Raila Odinga is a worthy competitor, I wish him well because tomorrow will clearly be his day in the sun.”

Raila Odinga is expected to declare whether or not he will be making a fifth stab at the country’s presidency in the 2022 General Elections.

The Mount Kenya Foundation (MKF) on Wednesday endorsed the candidature of the ODM leader in next year’s presidential election after months of vetting various presidential hopefuls.

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