Gideon Moi cannot match DP William Ruto’s political muscle in Baringo, Nandi Governor-elect Stephen Sang has said.
After his re-election as Senator, Gideon said his bigger task is the 2022 presidency, which Ruto is expected to vie for after President Uhuru Kenyatta completes his second and last term.
Ruto, who is considered the Kalenjin kingpin, is preparing to succeed Uhuru in line with URP and TNA’s 2013 pre-election pact.
His long-standing rivalry with the son of former president Daniel arap Moi is expected to play out ahead of the 2022 national election.
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But Sang dismissed the legislator’s ambition saying Ruto’s political muscle in the just-concluded election can’t be shaken by the Moi dynasty.
who beat his opponent with meagre votes to win the senatorial seat can’t purport
to be eying the 2022 presidency. If you are at pains to retain a small seat then
that depicts you extremely struggled to get that victory,” he said in Eldoret on
Wednesday during an interview with The Star.
“That is infatuation. Look at me…I defeated my opponent with over 200,000 votes and I am not claiming I can go for the presidency.”
Gideon, who is KANU chairman,garnered 116,209 votes to beat his closest rival Simon Chelugui of
Jubilee who got 70,182.
Sang further said Gideon’s party performed poorer in this election and only won a few seats including West Pokot governor and Baringo Senator and woman representative.
is the major loser in this election and he can’t match Ruto’s wit in politics.
To survive he had to cling onto Uhuru and Ruto. Otherwise he would have
joined the likes of outgoing Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto.”
Rutto, who is Chama Cha Mashinani leader and NASA’s newest principal, has been quiet since losing to Joyce Laboso.
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said Gideon’s only option is to support Ruto in the 2022 race as he risks being sent into political oblivion.
“[His ambition] is not new anyway. He had also eyed the top seat in 2017.”
The Governor-elect said the Deputy President is the winner in the election as he made several political assaults in Opposition turfs.
Sang noted Ruto helped Jubilee Party get seats in Western and Coast.
winner is Uhuru for retaining his seat and the other is Ruto. When he was
making several forays into Western and Kisii, leaders rebuked him saying the
trips would not bear fruit. Now he has his feet in Western, Coast, Kisii and
other parts. Going forward, he will solidify this support for his big ambition.”
He added Uhuru and Ruto are the perfect match as the former will leave a legacy that the latter will strengthen before taking over.
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