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Governor Oparanya Asks Raila to Support His Presidential Bid: “Return Favour”.

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Governor Oparanya Asks Raila to Support His Presidential Bid: “Return Favour”.

Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya is upbeat that he will win the 2022 presidential election given his development track record. The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) deputy party leader challenged his party boss Raila Odinga to support his presidential bid to realise his political ambition. Speaking at his cousin’s burial in Mabole, Butere, on Saturday, April 24, Oparanya told mourners that he had stood with Raila since he joined politics and that it was about time he exits the stage for him.”I humbly request my party leader former PM Hon Raila Odinga to support my presidential bid in the 2022 General Election. I have supported him since I joined politics and it is time for him to return the favour by supporting me for ODM’s presidential ticket and in the General Election,” he said.The second time county boss promised to continue engaging other like-minded political to boost his prospects to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose second term ends in 2022. “With his support, my development record, and reaching out to other national leaders for their support, I am confident of becoming the fifth president of this country,” he stated. Oparanya’s statement came barely three weeks after he held a nine-hour meeting with Deputy President William Ruto in Narok county on Thursday, April 8.The meeting begun at lunchtime and extended into the early night forcing the politicians to spend the night at Olare, Motorogi Conservancy, in Maasai Mara. Sources privy to the meeting agenda said the governor expressed his reservations about the way the ODM party was being managed. When reached for a comment, the governor claimed that he had bumped into Ruto while he was in a business meeting in Mara.Raila was initially not aware of the meeting, but I called to inform him the moment I bumped into Ruto to ensure he does not hear it from third parties. He then told me to proceed and meet the Ruto,” Oparanya said.

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