Deputy president William Ruto has said that he will not join any alliance ahead of 2022 because he is now sure he will defeat Raila, Kalonzo, Mudavadi coalition.
Ruto is exuding confidence of 2022 election victory after his man Njuguna Wanjiku of UDA won Kiambaa parliamentary by-election.
Speaking in Kilifi, Ruto said he will instead join hands with voters to beat those forming alliances based on tribal affiliations.
“Some are forming this alliance, while others are joining the other alliance. I want to tell them that I am preparing myself for them. I know you are with me and those in alliances should prepare for shock. If they want to form alliances, let them go ahead, but they should be prepared to face the hustler nation. Leaders should be elected based on policies,” Ruto said during a mass at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kilifi on Sunday.
Ruto’s win in Kiambaa has given him confidence that he doesn’t need President Uhuru Kenyatta’s support to bag votes in Central Kenya.
The deputy president is betting on 2013/2017 type of massive support from Mt. Kenya to propel him to the presidency in 2022.
Ruto however appears not to factor in the fact he might not get 100% support from the region because he is winning with razor thin margin as evident in Kiambaa where Wanjiku defeated Jubilee candidate with only 510 votes.
Central Kenya could as well be a swing region rather than one particular candidate’s stronghold like in the past elections.
Uhuru still enjoys support in Mt. Kenya and could still split the region’s vote and direct them to whichever candidate he chooses to endorse.
The President in April this year vowed to endorse Nasa presidential candidate to succeed him in 2022.
Uhuru insisted that the four Nasa chiefs – Raila, Uhuru, Mudavadi and Wetangula will determine if they will form the next government or not.
Early this month during his tour in Ukambani region, Uhuru reunited Raila and Kalonzo who were feuding over 2022 succession politics.