Kenyan Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has revealed that he would shelve his 2022 presidential bid should the opposition leader Raila Odinga go for the top seat.
Governor Oparanya is the deputy leader of Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party alongside his Mombasa counterpart Hassan Joho.
Oparanya and Joho are the only candidates who submitted their applications to be the party’s flag bearers in the next year’s polls.
Even though his party leader is yet to announce his candidature, the Kakamega County boss hinted that he would step down and go for another seat if the AU envoy decides to go for the Presidency.
Mr. Oparanya spoke to the local television, TV 47.
“If my party leader stands, I think I would rather go for another post instead of opposing him because we have worked together all this time since I joined the party in 2005,” said Governor Oparanya.
When asked which seat he would go for if Odinga opts to vie, he said it will depend on what will be available when time comes. He is serving his last term as the Governor.
“The Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI) was creating other posts, it was also creating ministers coming from the National Assembly but it depends and we shall discuss with him (Raila) at that level,” he added.
Apart from Oparanya, other candidates have expressed their interests to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta. They include Deputy President William Ruto, ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, ex-vice president Kalonzo Musyoka, Governor Alfred Mutua and former minister Mukhisa Kituyi.