Mudavadi: Uhuru signed deal to step down
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi on Tuesday revealed that Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to step down and back him as the Jubilee presidential candidate.
Mudavadi said he signed the agreement with Uhuru who is The National Alliance (TNA) leader that was witnessed by the lawyers.
“Uhuru proposed we each present lawyers to sign an agreement. Uhuru told me he had made a sacrifice to withdraw and support me,” the United Democratic Forum (UDF) party leader told a news conference.
He added “I am surprised when they talk about a conference to pick a candidate. This is in breach of an agreement we signed”.
Mudavadi however maintained he is firmly in the race and exuded confidence that the matter will be resolved soon.
He said negotiations to settle on the coalition’s flagbearer were ongoing and that he was confident an amicable solution would be found soon.
He at the same time urged hardliners to desist from their stands. ” I want Jubilee coalition to be built on mutual respect and trust and urge hardliners to soften stand “.
Mudavadi statement came just hours after TNA delegates rejected the agreement between him and Uhuru.
The delegates who held a closed door meeting before addressing the press claimed Uhuru was under pressure from some quarters he declined to name to sign the agreement.
TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo maintained that they prefer the delegate system of nomination.
On his part, Uhuru admitted to have been coerced into signing the deal in which he agreed to step down for Mudavadi. However, he said it is upon the delegates to choose the coalition flag bearer.