, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – New Ford Kenya party leader Eugene Wamalwa on Friday declared that he had dropped his presidential bid and will instead support United Democratic Forum (UDF) Musalia Mudavadi.
Wamalwa said he made the decision to put off his ambition until 2017 because he believes Mudavadi is capable of making it to the top during the March 4, 2013 General Election.
“Indeed, those who have said it will be a two horse race, are damn wrong, today we have come here to seal the bond of a new agreement signed by Pambazuka and UDF as one team. And we shall field one presidential candidate in the name of Musalia Mudavadi,” he said.
“It will not be a choice of reformers and non-reformers it will be a choice of giving Kenyans transformers,” said Wamalwa.
The Saboti MP said that by backing Mudavadi, he will ensure that the Western Kenya bloc will vote as a united team, something that has been elusive in past elections.
The New Ford Kenya presidential candidate said Kenya is on a “take off stage” and all that this country needs now is “politics not divided on tribal outfits.”
“What we need is a safe pair of hands that can unite and what we need to avoid is politics that will polarise the nation. We are here to tell Kenyans that they have a choice and the choice is right here at Bomas. The country is ready to change its politics,” said Wamalwa.
On his part, KANU chairman Gideon Moi who was at the Bomas conference also pledged to fully support Mudavadi.
The son of former president Daniel arap Moi said the independence party will use its machinery to campaign for Mudavadi to ensure he succeeds President Mwai Kibaki whose 10 year term ends after the next General Election.
Gideon, an accomplished polo player criticised those saying the next polls will be a two horse race and described Mudavadi as a thorough-breed stallion who deserves to take over the country’s leadership.
Moi added that: “If it is a matter of horses, Musalia is a thorough bred stallion. The rest are not even horses.”
The event saw the unveiling of the Amani Coalition which brings together, KANU, New Ford Kenya and the Vision Party of Kenya.
Friday’s endorsement comes only days after Mudavadi’s UDF party parted ways with the Jubilee Coalition formed by The National Alliance and United Republican Party because of what he termed a breach in the agreement in which he was to be endorsed the presidential candidate.
Other speakers at the conference including Mogotio MP Hellen Sambili who decamped from the United Democratic Party said that KANU is satisfied with Mudavadi’s candidature and described the Sabatia MP as a man of peace and vision.
Kiambu County Gubernatorial aspirant and former PCEA Moderator Reverend David Githii said Mudavadi is the man Kenyans can trust to fulfil Kenya’s Vision 2030.
Mombasa County governor aspirant Suleiman Shaban said Mudavadi is the man to lead Kenya to ‘the promised land’.