Speaking to journalists on Thursday, January 19, Amani National Congress (ANC) Secretary General, Simon Gikuru, revealed that the party did not invite the former Prime Minister to attend the event because he is a competitor.
Further, he noted that ANC had invited One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals Gideon Moi (KANU), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya), and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), adding that Raila has no reason to attend the event.
â€œWe have already invited OKA principals. I have not seen any invitation for Raila. Neither have I seen one for Jubilee. Why would we invite our competitors when we are launching our bid for the presidency? To come and do what?â€ Gikuru posed.
However, Gikuru did not clarify whether Deputy President William Ruto would attend the event.
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, who has been rooting for a coalition between Ruto and Mudavadi, explained that the DP had not been invited because he wants to become the President like their party leader.
“We are only inviting our friends not our competitors. Ruto is our friend but still our competitor. We have not invited him,” he remarked.
On January 10, Mudavadi disclosed that he would make a political declaration that would cause an earthquake in the country.
â€œOn Sunday 23rd, ANC party will have its National Delegates Congress at the Bomas of Kenya which will determine our political direction.
“After that, I will make a declaration that will cause an earthquake across the country. The declaration will change the political landscape,â€ he stated.
While some dismissed his statement, others stated Mudavadi should be given the benefit of doubt to see if he would make good his threat.