, NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 5 – The Alliance Party of Kenya National Governing Council has named Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta as the preferred presidential candidate in the March 4, 2013 general elections.
The party whose symbol is a bus arrived at the decision after delegates voted through secret ballot where The National Alliance (TNA) leader garnered 195 votes to beat Vice President and Wiper Democratic Movement Leader Kalonzo Musyoka who got 58 votes.
There were only three spoilt ballots.
Party Leader Kiraitu Murungi says the decision which must now be approved by National Delegates Conference is aimed at cooling down political tension at the grassroots, where supporters have been pressuring him to name the party flag bearer.
“I want to announce that the time for the bus to depart from the station is here and we will wait for nobody,” he said.
“The one I hate most is a party that is sleep walking… loitering in the bedroom wondering where the toilet is. It is time for us to declare today that we must stand up walk and run. But we must declare who our preferred presidential candidate is,” the APK party leader said.
Friday’s meeting was a follow up to a National Governing Council held on September 15, where the Energy Minister issued the two leaders with a 15-day ultimatum to decide on future links with his party.
Murungi said TNA leader Kenyatta and Wiper’s Musyoka had given his party a lukewarm response even after it expressed an interest in backing them.
He also added that he wants TNA not to field candidates where his party remains strong during the 2013 elections.