Nandi Governor-elect Stephen Sang has urged Baringo Senator Gideon Moi to shelve his 2022 presidential ambitions, saying “he cannot match DP William Ruto’s political muscle.”
Ruto and Moi are rivals for control of the Rift Valley.
He said, “Someone who beat his opponent by a few votes to win the Senate seat cannot purport to be eyeing the 2022 presidency. If you were at pains to retain a small seat, that shows you struggled to get victory.”
Sang continued, “That is an infatuation with the presidency. Look at me, I defeated my opponent with over 200,000 votes and I am not running for the presidency.”
He spoke in Eldoret on Wednesday. Moi, the Kanu candidate, garnered 116,209 votes, beating his closest rival Simon Chelugui of Jubilee, who got 70,182 votes.
After being declared the winner for the Baringo Senate seat, Moi said he has a bigger task ahead — winning the presidency.
Ruto, considered the Kalenjin kingpin, is preparing to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022, the URP and TNA preelection pact in 2013.
The long-standing rivalry between Moi and Ruto is expected to play out in the run-up to 2022.
Sang said Kanu performed poorly in this election having only won three big seats —West Pokot governor, Baringo senator and woman representative.
“He is a major loser in this election and cannot match Ruto’s wit in politics. For him to survive, he had to cling to Uhuru and Ruto, otherwise, he would have joined the likes of outgoing Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto,” he said.
Sang continued, “For him to continue enjoying support, he should focus on a smaller seat.”
He said Ruto was a big winner in the 2017 election after Jubilee won many MP seats in Western and the Coast region, which were seen to be opposition strongholds.