MCA's refuse Jubilee offer, join Mudavadi's ANC
25 September 2016, 09:37
Nairobi - Members of Vihiga County Assembly allied to United Democratic Front (UDF) party that dissolved and joined Jubilee have decamped in large numbers to Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress (ANC) party.
Of the 25 members that got into county assembly via UDF ticket on elective and nominated seats, 18 have already signed defection declaration forms.
A further two members of parliament, Alfred Agoi (Sabatia) and Yusuf Chanzu (Vihiga), who were elected on UDF tickets, have since joined ANC.
ANC county chairperson and secretary Julius Ochiel and William Kaisha respectively confirmed they received the defection declaration forms.
“Each of the 18 MCAs personally visited our branch office at Mbale and signed defection declaration forms in the presence of leaders available,” Kaisha said.
He added, “The leaders made a wise move to join the party that enjoys majority support in the region and we will accord them the necessary support in their next bid.”
The leaders led by majority whip Vincent Atsiaya, majority leader Festus Musoda, and Abdalla Chogo in mass defection.
Chogo said they had decided to join Mudavadi’s party to help him have massive support on the ground in the run up to the next elections where he wants to give another shot at the presidency again.
Mudavadi vied for presidency in 2013 on a UDF ticket, and decamped from the party in 2014 after leadership wrangles hit it, forming his own outfit ANC in the process.
Kaisha further indicated they were conducting recruitment of more members ahead of the party’s mega launch to ensure it gains 100 percent victory in upcoming general elections next year.
“We hope that all other MCAs who are still undecided will defect to ANC before the deadline elapses to defect,” he said.
Despite a few MCAs declaring they would join Governor Moses Akaranga’s Progressive Party of Kenya (PPK), none has indicated publicly whether they have officially joined it.
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