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I am still in the race for President, says Wakoli

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY NICHOLAS WAMALWA
Ford Kenya
Ford Kenya leaders Left-Kimilili MP Eseli Simiyu,Kwanza's Noah Wekesa,Bumula MP Bifwoli Wakoli,Ford Kenya Party leader Moses Wetangula and Saboti Ford Kenya Chair Elizabeth Nyongesa on January 15 2012.Photo Nicholas Wamalwa.

Bumula MP Bifwoli Wakoli has refuted claims that he had abandoned
his presidential bid. Speaking in Kitale yesterday, Wakoli said he still has a presidential
ambition and will participate in Ford Kenya nominations ahead of the general
election. “I will vie with Wetangula in nominations through Ford Kenya
and whoever wins should support the other,” he said.

He denied claims that nomination papers have been spreading in Western Kenya
singling out that whoever wants to vie for any seat from the party must go and
register many members who will participate in voting. He told party members to avoid fighting one another and conduct their campaigns peacefully. “Those leaders who incite youth to cause violence should be
ignored because their children study abroad,” said the MP.

He reiterated that the party will no longer hold boardroom
meetings ''but will hold rallies in all parts of the country to continue popularising the party''. Wakoli, who is also the Lands assistant minister, emphasised that Ford Kenya will not form a coalition with
any party before the general election. “We should not be in a hurry to take leadership. Those who are in a hurry end up forming coalitions before elections. This is why there is a lot of misunderstanding in political parties,” he said.

He told called on leaders to respect their colleagues saying: ''If you see an MP whose father was a legislature, then know that the father
respected his colleagues.'' It was recently reported by a section of the local media that Bifwoli had abandoned his presidential bid in favour of Wetangula.