Kanu: We have no plans to abandon Raila

Kanu party leader Gideon Moi and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka. 

Photo credit: Pool I Nation Media Group

Independence party Kanu has reiterated its commitment to the Azimio la Umoja spirit, saying it has no plans of bolting out of the coalition party. 

Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat said the party will support Azimio flag bearer without any conditions. 

Mr Salat who is among the leaders already at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) where Mr Odinga is expected to unveil his running mate on Monday said despite the party chairman Gideon Moi fronting Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka's name as preferred Mr Odinga running mate choice, the party will abide by the ODM leader's choice. 

He said Kanu has no plans of backing Mr Musyoka for presidency is such plans exist. 

"We are in Azimio for the long haul come what may. Those thinking otherwise will be in for a rude shock. Baba for President," Mr Salat told the Nation

Wiper party leaders have threatened to go it alone in the August election should Mr Odinga fail to name Mr Musyoka as his second in command. 

By yesterday, it is not clear whether Kanu was also on the same wavelength as Wiper, as Mr Moi and Mr Musyoka held talks in Nairobi, with details of the meeting remaining scanty.
Mr Moi who had seconded Mr Musyoka as Kanu’s preferred running mate for Mr Odinga did not respond to queries by Nation yesterday, whether he also supports Wiper’s attempts to leave Azimio.

But Mr Salat gave an assurance to Mr Odinga that the independent party will back his bid, even as Mr Musyoka's party convened a meeting this morning to make an "important announcement."


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