Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya, has stated that he is ready to shelve his presidential bid and support his Party Leader, Raila Odinga.
Raila Odinga had been coy about running for Presidency in 2022. However, he hinted at it recently during the Madaraka Day celebrations.
However, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and his Mombasa counterpart, Ali Hassan Joho, are the only candidates to have applied for ODM’s flag bearer nomination.
Seek another post
But, speaking during an interview at TV47, Oparanya said that he was not ready to run against his party leader. Instead, he said he would rather drop his presidential ambition and seek another post than run against his party leader, whom he has worked with since 2005.
“If my party leader (Odinga) stands, I would rather go for another post than opposing him because we have worked together since I joined the party in 2005,” Oparanya said.
Oparanya is serving the last term of his gubernatorial seat, which has a term limit of ten years. However, when asked what position he would go for if Raila stood for Presidency, Oparanya said that would depend on what was available.
“The BBI was creating more posts. It was also creating ministers who would come from the National Assembly. But it depends and we shall discuss with him at that level.”
ODM waiting for Raila
Oparanya and Joho submitted their applications for the ODM flagbearer position early in the year. Joho had stated he would not drop his bid.
“I will go all out…and I shall win. I am sure I will beat all other ODM Presidential candidate,” Joho said when announcing his presidential bid.
However, many in ODM still insist that Raila is the man who will run for Presidency in the Party in 2022. Indeed, the Party suspended the process of identifying the flag bearer and instead moved to push the BBI.
The move, some say, was probably to give Raila Odinga time to make up his mind on his Presidential bid.