The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party National Chairman Hon. John Mbadi has informed details of the ongoing talks with Deputy President William Ruto’s allies formerly in the Azimio ahead of the first 13th parliament sitting.
Despite the recent move by a section of the Azimio allied leaders to dump the coalition and join the Kenya Kwanza which is led by Deputy President William Ruto, National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi has revealed that the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition led by Mr. Raila Odinga is keen on winning back members who have shifted their loyalty to the Kenya Kwanza Alliance ahead of the election of speakers of Parliament.
In an attempt to woo back the formerly Azimio legislators who shifted to Ruto’s led Kenya Kwanza Alliance, Mbadi leaked an ongoing secret plot aimed at increasing Azimio – One Kenya numbers in the 13th parliament that will advantage the coalition to elect the speaker of the house in the first sitting.
“We have started engaging those who have aligned themselves with President-elect William Ruto before the first sitting of the House,” John Mbadi has said as quoted in the Nation.
Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance received a huge boost after UDM party leaders, PAA of Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi and then the Muungano Party Leader outgoing Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, jumped from Raila Odinga’s Azimio umbrella to align with Ruto’s faction.
It has however been established that following the pacts signed between affiliate parties inside the Azimio, even those parties that were inside Azimio and recently shifted alliance to the Kenya Kwanza are still part of the Azimio One Kenya Alliance since the coalition agreement remains as their legal biding.
Ruto triumphed in the just concluded general election by garnering 7,176,141 votes that constituted to 50.49 per cent of the total votes cast.
Raila who has protested over Chebukati’s “opaqueness” in delivering a credible election and moved to the supreme court to challenge Ruto’s win, got 6,942,930 votes reflecting 48.89 per cent of the total votes cast.