ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi is doing his best to persuade his OKA counterparts to be the best bet to win Vice President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
To achieve this, the director of One Kenya Alliance has devised a plan to beat Kenya to the west of the country and fully assemble it.
He intends to combine strategy and resource mobilization with the revival of national networks established during the 30 years in politics.
After assuring his supporters that he will not play a supporting role in next year’s presidential election and that his name will appear on the ballot, winning the OKA ticket will be the battle for Mudavadi’s death.
Other OKA allies – Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) and Gideon Moi (Kanu) are also considering the presidency.
Before persuading the Luhya community to support him unitedly, Mudavadi wants people in his garden to register in large numbers on the election list.
He wants the Luhya community to forget their political affiliation – for now – and come and join.
“He called on his allies in the region to provide resources and teams to encourage young people to turn out in large numbers to register on the electoral roll,” said a relative of Mudavadi.
Leaders in the same constituency have been urged to put aside their differences and join forces to encourage residents to register to vote.
Lugari MP Ayub Savula and Senator Kakamega Cleophas Malala are now working together to encourage people to collect IDs and register as voters. The two are looking to succeed Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya, who is serving his final term.
“Our current goal is to get more people from western Kenya to register as voters,” Savula said.
Voters have launched a massive voter registration exercise targeting six million new voters.
Mudavadi believes the Luhya community has numbers to strengthen its ability to negotiate Oka as well as bring him to the presidency.
Mudavadi and Kalonzo have applied for the presidency at least once – Kalonzo in 2007 and Mudavadi in 2013.
Mudavadis’ prospects are backed by reports that there are 990 pieces of identification that were not found in western Kenya.
The number of people in the region with identity cards but who have not registered as voters has been estimated at 1.2 million.
Mudavadi estimates that there are about 2.1 million potential voters in western Kenya.
He further believes that he has great potential in Nairobi where most people come from the Luhya community.
He targets Westlands, Dagoretti North, Makadara, Embakasi East, Kibra, Langata, Mathare, South Dagoretti, Enjoy and Ruaraka in his campaigns.
Members of the Luyha community represent a large number of these areas.
“If voter registration is fully implemented in western Kenya, as well as the issuance and collection of identity documents, Luhya votes in western and Nairobi will increase significantly, making the community a real decision for the 2022 presidential election,” said a relative of Mudavadi.
The Kenya Population and Housing Census in 2019 puts the Luhya community at 6.82 million, behind the Kikuyu who are 8.14 million and the Kalenjin at 6.35 million.
Kathiani MP Robert Mbui said last week that OKA directors could take over the 2022 flag bearer before the end of October.
Mbui said the top four, meanwhile, will contact Kenyans to sell their candidate.
“The technology team is still doing their job and at the end of the month we will see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“OKA will elect a candidate later this month to represent us in the polls. Every leader must persuade the public to vote for them, ”he said.