Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya now says that he will sacrifice his presidential ambitions if ODM leader Raila Odinga stands for the same position in 2022 General Election.
Speaking during TV47’s Pundits Night show on Monday, June 7, Oparanya who is also the ODM deputy party leader said that he has worked with Raila for so long and have since established a rapport that makes working against each other impossible.
“If my party leader stands for presidency, I’d rather go for another post instead of opposing him. We have worked together with Raila since 2005,” said Oparanya
According to the former Council of Governors boss, when the Orange party invited applications for presidential candidates, it is only Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and him that applied.
“My party leader never applied. When we applied we were told that the applications are being processed and later we were told we are supposed to move around the country convincing our delegates ahead of party primaries,” added Oparanya.
Oparanya: I’d rather go for another post
Although he did not disclose specifically which other position he’d rather go for if Raila stands for presidency in 2022, the second time governor hinted a bit.
“Depending on what will be there at that moment….you know BBI was creating other posts and was also creating ministers coming from the National Assembly. So it will depend, and obviously we will discuss with him [Raila] at that level,” hinted Oparanya.
Meeting with DP Ruto
Oparanya still maintains that his meeting with Deputy President William Ruto in early April, 2021 was by chance.
“Immediately after I saw DP Ruto, I rang my party leader Raila Odinga, to avoid him hearing from other parties. That could be awkward. And he told me that that is okay because people meet in a bar, people meet in hotels.”
“He says that they talked about political alliances ahead of 2022 elections but there was no conclusion. We only compared notes but there was no persuasion,” said Oparanya.