Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua is seeking to deputise Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga in the August 9 presidential election.
Speaking on Sunday at a press conference in Lavington, Nairobi, Governor Mutua said he is “51 years old, very happy and very youthful” and therefore, best bet for consideration as the running mate to Raila.
“With the urging of my party members, I present myself for consideration for the position of deputy president to Jakom Raila Odinga,” Mutua, who has caused a storm in Azimio, told reporters.
Mutua said Kenya needs the wisdom and experience of a statesman combined with a youthful leader with a proven track record with ability and focus like him. He, however, said even if he is not offered the position of a deputy president, he will still work with Raila.
On Thursday, the Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader said he has no trust left in the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance Coalition or any of the documents signed in its creation.
Speaking during the MCC aspirants meeting at KICC, Mutua said the party would devise a way forward.
“To tell you the truth from where I stand as your party leader, I have lost faith in whatever document is coming out of here. I cannot trust. I do not know what they have or will deposit in the document,” he said.
Earlier, in an interview with Citizen TV, Mutua had hinted at decamping to DP William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance after he said he is keeping his options open.
He confirmed he had met Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday, but told him he is already working with Raila.
He said their concerns in Azimio had been sorted out and they are now focused on winning together in the August 9, polls.
“We have unanimously agreed to support the presidency of Raila Odinga and the Azimio umbrella. Truth be told, it is his time. Just like it was Nelson Mandela’s time on May 10th, 1994, this August 9, 2022 elections is Raila’s time,” he said on Sunday.
“I have a soft spot for Raila. He is a good man full of charisma. Humble man despite his power and influence. He is not just a leader but I consider him as a friend and he looks at me as a friend. He is focused and knows where Kenya is supposed to be, ” he added.