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From the time House Speaker Kenneth Marende ruled that President Kibaki failed the constitutional test, MPs allied to Kibaki have been on the offensive. The MPs drawn from Kibaki’s PNU side of Government and those from ODM but allied to Eldoret North MP William Ruto have addressed numerous rallies and press conferences to announce that the gloves were off. And their target was Mr Marende, whom they accused of pitching for Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the tussle over nominations to key constitutional offices. Also in their crosshairs was Raila. Sunday saw the most highly charged speeches and on Monday MPs supporting Kibaki were holed up in meetings late into the evening. Their war plans were, however, called off yesterday after what insiders say was the culmination of a series of meetings that also included one at State House. It all started with an early morning meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto at Palacina Hotel. Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi later joined the two. After a meeting that lasted for almost an hour, the three leaders drove to State House where sources privy to meetings said they held discussions with Kibaki with whom they discussed the options open for them on the nominations row. At the meeting, it was agreed that the best way for the row to be handled was to recall the list from Parliament and ensure that in the new search, there would be "minimum consultation" between Kibaki and Raila. Brief speeches At the same time a PNU Parliamentary Group meeting was called to which politicians allied to Ruto had also been invited. Those from ODM who attended the meeting at KICC included Tourism Minister Najib Balala, ODM chairman Henry Kosgey (Tinderet), East Africa Community Minister Hellen Sambili and several others. Ford People’s Manson Nyamweya was also at the meeting.