I'm ready to quit - Aden Duale
This is a development of the Raila-Uhuru meeting last Friday.
Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Mr Duale hinted at forming a coalition with the Opposition’s dominant ODM party, which he explained that are in talks for a coalition for 2022.
Mr Duale remarked in parliament on Thursday, while backing a motion by ODM national chairman John Mbadi (Suba South) on kick-starting the building of bridges so Kenyans are united, after a truce meeting between President Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga.
"We are ready to form a coalition with ODM in a serious, structured way if they agree to get a running mate. Mr Speaker, we are ready for any group in Nasa that is willing to join our side as long as they take number two or any other position," Duale said.
Duale, who spoke openly for the first time about a possible political relationship with DP Ruto, clarified that the aim of Jubilee Party is to ensure that DP Ruto win the 2022 presidency, even as mystery surrounds it from Mt Kenya region.
He has added that the target for DP Ruto is to win with a margin of nearly three million votes, adding that bringing ODM on board is key as it will prevent "so many tensions across the country".
The Majority leader dismissed speculation about a power-sharing deal between Uhuru and Raila and told Nasa MPs that there will be ladders for them to climb.
He added: "This deal cannot be equated to a coalition government. The deal is very young and we are yet to see more. Those who think it will complicate 2022 succession politics, be warned that you will not hang under the coats of anybody."
Duale’s sentiments comes a day after ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna in an exclusive interview with Puslelive.co.ke dismissed reports that one of the ODM leaders – Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya – was in talks for a coalition with DP Ruto for 2022.
“I cannot speak for anyone. I cannot also speak for Governor Oparanya, but what I know I that the talks we initiated after the two leaders met needs every Kenyan of goodwill. So it is too early to preempt anything about working with Jubilee” he said in his office on Wednesday.
Last week, Raila’s deputy hinted that it was time for the constituent parties within National Super Alliance to concentrate on popularizing themselves ahead of the 2022 elections.
“Other parties should leave us — ODM — alone so we do our own business. Let’s meet in 2022 when we’re strong.
“If it will be me in ODM, we will talk and if it will be Raila we will talk when election time comes,” the county chief said, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta met his boss Raila Odinga.
Mr Duale also hinted that the other opposition leaders should stop hanging on Mr Odinga as he may not be on the ballot in 2022.
"We have no space for anybody. We have a succession road map with our candidate already known. He is a utility and an expensive player ... we are ready to protect him and ensure he scores both in Nasa and Jubilee zones. Those wishing to join us must therefore to go for lower positions,” Mr Duale said.
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