This is because, the ANC chief has nine Members of Parliament (both Senate and National Assembly) on his side, while his rivals Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader and deputy president Dr William Ruto share the remaining three.
In 2017 general elections, Mudavadi's ANC managed to have seven eight MPs elected on its ticket. They include senator Cleophas Malala, Titus Khamala (Lurambi), the Late Justus Murunga (Matungu), Ayub Savula (Lugari), Nicholas Scott Tindi Mwale (Butere) and Christopher Aseka Wangaya (Khwisero).
Raila's ODM had bagged Shinyalu where Justus Kizito won, Mumias West (Johnson Manya Naicca) and Kakamega Women Representative position which was occupied by Elsie Muhanda.
The ruling party Jubilee won four seats among them Mumias East (Benjamin Washiali), Navakholo (Emmanuel Wangwe), Ikolomani (Benard Shinali) and Malava (Malulu Ijendi).
Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula's Forum Of Restoration and Democracy Kenya (FORD-Kenya) only won Likuyani where Enock Kibunguchy became it's lawmaker.
However, as the journey towards 2022 general proceeds, Mudavadi's presidential bid appears to be gaining momentum as more legislators align themselves to him. Jubilee has become the biggest casualty due to the ANC chief's exploits.
This is because three out of four MPs elected on a ruling party decamped to his camp ahead of the polls. They include Ijendi, Wangwe and Shinali. The lawmakers have announced that they would campaign for Mudavadi's presidency and have vowed to lock out Dr Ruto and Raila from the region.
The ANC leader has gone further to ensure that Kakamega becomes his turf by courting the outgoing governor Wycliffe Oparanya and other rebels to join his camp.
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