Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has reassured of his loyalty to his boss Raila Odinga, saying that he will throw his weight behind Odinga’s candidature for 2022 if he wins the nomination.
Oparanya said that he has been working with Raila since 2005 when he (Oparanya) joined ODM and therefore he won’t oppose him in the next general election.
“If my party leader stands, I would rather go for another post instead of opposing him because we have worked together since I joined the party in 2005,” Oparanya stated.
Speaking on Monday when he appeared on TV47, assured ODM party leader Raila Odinga of his unconditional support should he be made the flagbearer.
When asked about the post he will be vying for if Raila will be vying for presidency, Oparanya said that it only depends on what will be available when the time comes.
Oparanya said that the Building Bridges Initiative(BBI), was creating other positions and he will discuss with Raila.
“The 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),” Oparanya said.
This comes after Oparanya and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, submitted their application to be party’s flagbearer.
While talking about his application to be the party’s flagbearer, Oparanya said that after application, they (Oparanya and Joho) were told to move around the country to talk to delegates.
“Unfortunately, my party leader did not apply. When we applied, we were told that applications were being processed but later they communicated to say that as candidates, we were supposed to move around the country talking to delegates,” Oparanya said.
Raila Odinga has not publicly declared that he will be on the ballot or not during the next year’s elections.
Oparanya’s loyalty to ODM was seen as faltering after it emerged that he had had a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto.
However, Kakamega Governor later said that he met with DP as chairman of the Councils of Governors.