Deputy president William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has finally responded to allegation raised by kirinyaga women representative Purity Ngiciri upon her exit from the party on 30th December 2021.
Ngiciri, while justifying her exit from the party, noted that she was being summoned and pressured to give up her gubernatorial ambitions for another preferred candidate.
She further revealed that she had received summon from the party officials requesting her to step down for governor Ann Waiguru, and that she should vie for Mwea Parliamentary seat under UDA party ticket.
“When I appeared at the headquarters, the officials tried to convince me to give up my gubernatorial ambitions and vie for the Mwea parliamentary seat on a UDA ticket. I refused, as they were determined to kill my dream.
“If UDA officials are telling me to vie for a junior seat, do you expect nominations to be free and fair?” The lawmaker accused Dp Ruto’s party of favourism.
However, UDA party general secretary Veronica has come out to dismiss the allegation leveled against the party, stating that Ngiciri was not summoned to Nairobi and nudged to drop her Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat.
“We have not summoned any aspirant to the headquarters. Our party does not believe in undemocratic summoning processes,” she noted.
UDA’s SG further pointed out that those interested in party’s ticket will go through a fair nomination process and no one will be coerced to step down in favor of another person.
“The UDA party is committed to conducting free and fair nominations,” she stated.