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His face says it all! Mr Mudavadi has a strategy to de-camp within a month, an act to shock his supporters

Posted by African Press International on September 5, 2007

Story by LUCAS BARASA
Publication Date: 9/4/2007

Former Vice-President Musalia Mudavadi with Nambale branch ODM chairman Sakwa Bunyasi after addressing journalists at United Club in Nairobi yesterday. He announced that he will not quit the party after failure to capture its presidential ticket. Photo/ANTONY OMUYA

Former Vice-President Musalia Mudavadi yesterday declared he was in ODM to stay and that his failure to capture the presidential ticket will not sway its support in Western Province.

Addressing journalists in Nairobi, Mr Mudavadi who was accompanied by ODM officials, aspirants and supporters from the province, said he had accepted nomination of Langata MP Raila Odinga as the partys presidential candidate.

He also welcomed Mr Odingas invitation to be his running mate.

The former Sabatia MP said Mr Odinga named him his running mate as the Constitution only provided for positions of President and VP but we are a team and each will have a role to play to ensure ODM victory and how the country is governed.

Delegates have spoken and it is now all systems go for entire ODM to capture the countrys leadership. We are committed to ideals of ODM and we will forge ahead as a team to secure victory, Mr Mudavadi said.

He described Western Province leaders such as Kaddu chairman Cyrus Jirongo who had said they would only support him if he became ODM flag-bearer, as insincere.

He said issuance of conditions for support was a political strategy by people who had not supported his decision to vie for presidency.

We should dissuade Kenyans from those notions. If Musalia is not the one, is (President) Kibaki one of their own. We should cultivate a process where people work for party ideals and principles to strengthen democracy, Mr Mudavadi said.

Under pressure

We urge our supporters throughout the country not to look at nomination events.

Our energy should now be focused on the ultimate prize. There could be people who would have preferred me to be flag-bearer but they are committed to ODM membership and leadership, Mr Mudavadi said.

He added that ODM leaders in Western will reach out to Mr Jirongo and Ford-Kenya chairman Musikari Kombo for support.

He denied being under pressure from Luhya elders to decamp from the party.

Mr Mudavadi added that had he won, people from other areas would also have complained and that he would have needed their support.

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