- According to Dr Ruto, a political alliance between him and the Amani leader is key to the 2022 victory.
- But Mr Atwoli called on Mr Mudavadi to chart his own political path by stopping insinuations by Dr Ruto.
Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi has told off Deputy President William Ruto over his overtures for a presidential political pact ahead of 2022.
Mr Mudavadi turned down Dr Ruto’s proposal for a joint stab at the presidency, describing it as cheeky and ridiculous. He said that an alliance with Dr Ruto cannot sell.
He was responding to remarks made by the DP in his Sabatia backyard on Saturday.
For the first time ever, Dr Ruto, who has been frequenting Western Kenya over the last couple of months as he intensifies his search for political support ahead of 2022, said they could form the next government together.
Speaking at a funds drive in favour of 400 women groups drawn from the six wards in Sabatia, he reminded the Amani leader that he campaigned for him and ODM leader Raila Odinga in 2007 when they lost to retired President Mwai Kibaki.
According to Dr Ruto, a political alliance between him and the Amani leader is key to the 2022 victory.
"I am for the decision that we unite for development and form government," he told Mr Mudavadi. "We have those with expertise to form government and others with expertise to form the opposition."
In a rejoinder on Sunday, Mr Mudavadi, through a statement released by his press secretary Kibisu Kabatesi, said he is not about to join his bandwagon.
"Ruto's proposition is cheeky and ridiculous and cannot sell. No serious Kenyan can buy into that gimmick," said the Amani leader.
He went on: "My agenda and convictions are miles apart from Dr Ruto’s. Ruto is part of the Jubilee government that has put the country into serious economic crisis through debt and corruption.”
Reacting separately, Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli warned that Mr Mudavadi risks becoming politically irrelevant should he fall prey to Dr Ruto's seduction.
He said Dr Ruto's numerous visits to the region will not yield him any political fruits.
"Ruto can come to Western 1,000 times and talk to all leaders, Mudavadi included, but there is no Luhya who in his right mind will vote for him,” declared Mr Atwoli.
Mr Atwoli, who named Mr Mudavadi as the Luhya spokesman in 2016 during the famous Bukhungu declaration, asked the vote-rich community to prepare for Bukhungu Two.
"Ruto has belittled Mudavadi for a long time and equated him to a white ant. It will be very foolish for anyone in Mudavadi's camp to think or advice for an alignment with Ruto," said Mr Atwoli.
The veteran trade unionist called on the ANC leader to chart his own political path by stopping insinuations by Dr Ruto.
Mr Atwoli further asked Mr Mudavadi to sieve through his inner circle as there could be lieutenants paying homage to the DP.