UDA says Ruto will not get a direct nomination to be presidential candidate

UDA says Ruto will not get a direct nomination to be presidential candidate

Two days after Deputy President William Ruto declared his affiliation to the United Democratic Alliance UDA, the party says it will not be a direct presidential ticket to the 2022 elections for the deputy president .

UDA Secretary General Veronica Maina says that should other aspirants emerge, the DP will have to go through nominations for UDA presidential ticket. s

TheDP’s affiliation to UDA was an open secret until he publicly owned up last weekend at a rally in West Pokot county.

Feeling edged out of the Jubilee party, Ruto has declared a new home in UDA ahead of the 2022 General Election.

The UDA party officials say the announcement by the deputy president does not amount to an automatic ticket for UDA presidential flag bearer

Don’t be surprised if there are other candidates for the presidential ticket, so the deputy president will be open to the processes of the party,” the party said on Monday.

Ruto has just made his association with UDA formal as steps towards an alliance of the governing Jubilee party and the opposition ODM party gained momentum.

The DPconsiders talk of the Jubilee-Odm alliance as aimed at curtailing his presidential ambitions.

The announcement by the deputy president is likely to stir up debate on political party membership regulations.

UDA has defended the DP’s association with party despite the deputy president being elected on a Jubilee party ticket.

UDA is in alliance with Jubilee, that alliance still exists, so he was within his right. also the president is associating himself with ODM,” the party said.

The emergence of UDA as deputy president William Ruto’s alternative political card follows more than three years of troubled relations with President Uhuru kKenyatta’s political mainstream.

It has been a long winding path that at one point assumed intra-jubilee factional wars with the DP allies styling themselves as ‘tanga tanga’ while the president’s diehards fired back as ‘kieleweke.’

It is now formal that the president and the DP are no longer sharing party affiliation, with the latter setting sights on all upcoming by-elections.

With deputy president Ruto’s formal affiliation to UDA, the stage is set for a season of political sniping and jabbing as the clock ticks towards the next General Election

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