Kenyan Governor Wycliffe Oparanya announced he has no intention to ditch the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party for another outfit.
The Kakamega County boss spoke in Migori, southwestern of Kenya, on Sunday, where he was hosted by MP Junet Mohammed, his fellow ODM member.
Mr Oparanya declared his unwavering support to the former premier ahead of the 2022 general elections, saying he is in ODM to stay.
He defended his continuous support to the opposition chief since 2013, noting he has a good reason for his decision.
“I have already served my two terms as governor. And now my agenda is to stand with Raila as he goes for the presidency,” said Governor Oparanya.
Several politicians have been approached, including the ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi urging him to ditch the party, but he said he refused.
“In 2013 Musalia Mudavadi vied for the presidency. And he approached me with the aim of persuading me to join his camp. I refused and in that election, Raila beat Mudavadi by over 300,000 votes in Kakamega,” he added.
Governor Oparanya, who also serves as ODM deputy party leader alongside Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, is eyeing to be the party’s flag bearer in the next year’s polls.
They will battle for nomination ticket against their boss.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.