NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 26 – The FORD Kenya National Governing Council has endorsed its party leader Moses Wetangula to be its Presidential flag bearer in the 2017 race for State House.
Speaking during a meeting at the Bomas of Kenya on Saturday, Wetangula stated that this sets the stage for the three Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) co-principals to decide who will battle it out with their Jubilee opponents during the poll.
He stated that if elected the president, he will ensure that his government is free from tribalism and ensure Kenyans are united under one umbrella of development.
“We as CORD came together with the intention of uniting. Kenyans deserve a government where there is no tribalism, corruption and one that helps everyone else. Raila (Odinga), Kalaonzo (Musyoka) and Weta (himself) have been endorsed by their respective parties to be the presidential flag bearers,” he stated.
Wetangula has received the party’s backing at a time when the CORD coalition is under pressure to put forward a single candidate ahead of the 2017 Presidential poll.
“There are talks going on among us. First there are those below us who are in a committee planning on the way forward. You know we have a lot of time, the election is in August so we have about eight months that we are using well. We are not in a big hurry,” he stated.
The Wiper Democratic Party also declared its leader, Kalonzo Musyoka, as its Presidential candidate in the 2017 General Election.
The announcement was made following the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at its headquarters in Lavington, Nairobi.
The Wiper announcement came barely a fortnight after the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) announced its leader, Raila Odinga, as its Presidential candidate ahead of next year’s polls.
In the announcement made by Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho at the Mama Ngina Drive on Saturday, September 10, Raila was termed the most suitable candidate to dislodge the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta from power.