Odinga’s closest ally distances himself from top elective seat

As Kenya prepares for General Election come August 2022, political temperatures are rising with men and women from different political divides training their guns in readiness for the election.

With the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party Boss Raila Odinga believed to among the strongest candidate for the State House, he has attracted the attention of many.

Uganja Member of Parliament Opiyo Wandayi has, however, distanced himself from running to for top most sit under the ODM ticket, giving room to campaign for Odinga.

“I wish to make it clear that I shall not be a candidate for the position of Governor of Siaya County in 2022,” said Wandayi.

In a statement seen by The Standard on Thursday, the MP said he opted out of the race to concentrate on ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential campaigns.

“I will dedicate my time and energy to the task of ensuring Raila becomes the fifth President of Kenyan in 2022 and serve my constituents,” he said in the statement.

Wandayi made the decision after consulting the ODM party leadership and listening to his Ugunja constituents.

The legislator thanked those who had proposed and backed his gubernatorial candidature for having confidence in him.

He, however, said that Siaya had numerous candidates who can serve Siaya people as governor.

The Siaya County top seat has also attracted Senator James Orengo, Former Police spokesperson Charles Owino, Deputy Governor James Okumbe, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, who is yet to declare his interest, and former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo.

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