Atwoli hints at Gideon Moi ditching OKA to join Raila camp

Cotu Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has hinted at the possibility of Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi decamping from the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) to the Azimio la Umoja brigade, a move that would threaten peace and unity in OKA.

The Cotu boss was speaking during the Azimio la Umoja convention at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi when he hinted at the possibility of a political “tsunami”, saying that the late former President Daniel arap Moi had wanted his son to join the Odinga bandwagon.

Mr Atwoli, in his assuring tone, spoke so confidently that he pulled the crowd at Kasarani with his utterances.

Mzee alipoenda, alituambie tusikuacheHatutakuacha Gideon Moi kwa One Kenya Alliance,” Mr Atwoli said.

Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi on Thursday excused himself from the meeting “because of personal engagements”.

Through his Twitter handle, Mr Mudavadi acknowledged receiving an official invitation to attend the convention on a “personal capacity” via.

“Regrettably, I will not be able to attend,” Mudavadi said.

Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula too, declined, while Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka is out of the country.

Mr Atwoli was the first speaker at the Azimio convention.

Supporters of ODM leader Raila Odinga display placards as they enter Kasarani Stadium on December 10, 2021 during the Azimio la Umoja convention./Sila Kiplagat | Nation Media Group

Downplayed remarks

And when the Kanu boss took to the podium, he downplayed the remarks by Mr Atwoli.

The Baringo Senator instead said the alliance was a consortium of “allied forces”.

“We’re one…Baba’s gain is our [gain],” he said. “When we (referring to OKA) gain, it is Baba’s gain.”

‘Baba’ is the name that Mr Odinga is known by in Kenya’s political scene.

And while speaking of what appears as the cause of the elusive apparent “peace and unity” in OKA, Mr Moi asked the audience at Kasarani who could be trusted with the leadership of the country.

“Who can we trust…with the education system, family, security (of the country?)” he posed.

“We will trust, I can assure you, those who are here and those who are in OKA. Outside that realm, it’s something else,” said the Kanu chairman.

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