Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya has said that he will forego his 2022 presidential ambition if his party leader Raila Odinga decides to vie.
Speaking on Monday when he appeared on a local TV, the governor said he would rather seek another elective post.
“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 said.
The governor said that he is aware Odinga has hinted at vying for the presidency in 2022, but it is only him and Mombasa Governor, Hassan Joho who applied for the nomination as ODM flag bearer in 2022.
According to Oparanya, after their applications, they were asked to go around the country talking to delegates ahead of the nomination exercise, but that has not been possible because of Covid-19.
The Kakamega Governor who is serving his last term was asked which position he would go for if Raila opts to vie for the presidency and he said that it will depend on what will be available when that time comes.
“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) at that level,” Oparanya added.
Earlier this year, the two ODM deputy party leaders – Joho and Oparanya – submitted their applications for nomination to fly the party’s flag in the next general elections.
Despite Joho and Oparanya being the only candidates who have submitted their nomination applications, a section of ODM leaders have insisted that Raila is their man in 2022.