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I’m ready to go it alone in 2022 on Ford-K ticket, says Wetang’ula

Ford-K party leader Moses Wetangula. [Gideon Maundu/Standard]

Ford-Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula says he has been endorsed by his party to vie for the Presidency in 2022.

Speaking to The Standard on the telephone yesterday, Mr Wetang’ula said he had started preparations for the contest.

Wetang’ula said he had been endorsed by members of his party, a decision to be ratified at a National Delegates Council next month.

“I want to mobilise resources towards this quest and I am confident of clinching the seat. For now, however, I want to spend the remaining two years serving the people,” said Wetang’ula.

In the last General Election, Ford-Kenya joined ODM and Amani National Coalition (ANC) to form The National Super Alliance.

Yesterday, Wetang’ula hinted at going it alone this time.

He said as part of efforts to ensure there would be openness in the next General Election, the Government had to hold a credible census.

“We do not want a situation where figures in some areas are exaggerated. We want a census with fairness,” said Wetang’ula.

But even as he spoke, a section of his party members continued to hold dissenting views.

Some Ford-Kenya party officials, including Deputy Party leader Bonny Khalwale, are supporting Deputy President William Ruto for the presidency.

Kisumu branch vice-chairman Felix Minda said the delegates that endorsed Wetang’ula had no powers.

This even as Chairman Gatson Owino claimed Wetang’ula has been given the official mandate to be Ford Kenya’s torch bearer.

Mr Minda accused Wetang’ula of running down the party and promoting tribalism.

He said Wetang’ula had dragged members to pacts they had no idea of.

“We have resolved that we must have party elections from February because we cannot accept the way the party is being run,” said Mr Minda.