ODM leader Raila Odinga is still ahead of his leading opponent Deputy President William Ruto, when it comes to support from county governors, a new survey by The Star newspaper has indicated.
The paper has established that Raila is more accepted nationally than Ruto, who, according to findings of the survey, draws most of his support from governors from his Rift Valley backyard.
The paper reports that of all the 27 governors vocal about their stand ahead of the 2022 general elections, 17 are leaning towards Raila, with the remaining 10 opting for the Second In Command.
And unlike the DP, whose most supporters in the Council of Governors are Kalenjins, the paper says that the former Premier has support from as far as Kiambu and Laikipia counties.
The remaining 20 governors are either silent on their plans, forming their own parties, supporting the other hopefuls or keen on facing off with the two in the nearing presidential race.
Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff said that support of governors is very necessary for presidential aspirants as there is more that they can contribute to their candidatures other than finances.
"They will be able to give some logistical support. Logistics doesn’t necessarily mean financial support. It may mean setting up platforms for a presidential candidate to do the politics. It makes a huge difference,” the close Raila ally told the paper.
But political analyst Edward Kisiangani says that having the support of most governors doesn't automatically mean that one has the support of their constituents as there are many things to consider.
The commentator, an advisor of the DP, holds that some of these county bosses have performed dismally and cannot be trusted by their constituents to give them direction on who to elect next year.
"There are also governors who are finishing but nobody wants them. There are those in their first terms who have done very badly so what they think about 2022 doesn't matter," he is quoted.
Recent surveys, both by media houses and prominent persons, have been indicating that Ruto would beat Raila if they were to face off today.
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