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Leaders making up the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) coalition could have agreed to drop their presidential plans and join one of the leading 2022 presidential aspirants if latest reports are anything to go by.
The alliance brings together five chiefs, four of whom have declared interest in the presidency, and have maintained that they will be on the ballot despite reported pressure from President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Fresh details indicate that some of the leaders, if not all, might have agreed to join the Uhuru-ODM leader Raila Odinga camp, which seeks to endorse the former Premier as the best man to succeed Uhuru.
As a result, sources close to Uhuru and Raila have alleged, they are part of the big alliance that could be announced soon, whose main plan is to block Deputy President William Ruto from winning the top seat.
The same was confirmed by one of the highest ranking members of the alliance, who told The Star that the principals could ultimately be seen giving in to the pressure and joining the handshake camp.
“There is a discussion of a party of national unity that will come out soon. It will bring on board all those people including Raila and all [Oka] principals,” a senior official in the coalition told the paper.
The paper has established that Uhuru and Raila are also keen on pulling more regional parties into the Jubilee-ODM coalition to further fortify Raila and lower Ruto’s chances of survival.
The plan is to include Kitui governor Charity Ngilu’s Narc Kenya party and Machakos governor Alfred Mutua’s Chapchap parties to lock the Ukambani region and deliver the vote into Raila’s basket.
Upya and Kenya United Party are to lock the Northern part and Nark Kenya, TSP, Chama Cha Kazi and Tujibebe Wakenya Party to lock Mt Kenya. The Kisii region has also been given consideration.
OKA, on the other hand, consists Musalia Mudavadi’s ANC, UDP (Cyrus Jirongo), Ford Kenya (Moses Wetangula), Wiper (Kalonzo Musyoka) and the Baringo Senator Gideon Moi-led KANU party.
But some allies of the OKA chiefs have ruled out supporting Raila again, even as they admit that an alliance would go a long way in securing government.
“A coalition is good, but it must be a coalition of the willing. They (principals) have themselves said they will not support Raila. I don’t think they can be forced to do that,” Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, a close ally of Mudavadi, told the paper.