A major political showdown is looming in Lang'ata constituency with ODM leader Raila Odinga's nephew, Jaoko Oburu Odinga, joining the race for the seat which his uncle had held for 20 years.
Jaoko is the son of Raila's elder brother, Dr Oburu Odinga, who is eyeing the Siaya Senator position come the August 9 general election.
While confirming his interest for the Lang'ata MP seat on his Facebook page, Jaoko who is now serving as Siaya County Executive Committee Member ( CEC) for Roads, encouraged locals to register as voters in large numbers in order to have a say come the August poll.
ODM leader Raila Odinga (Photo Courtesy)
The entry of Jaoko into the Lang'ata race marks the beginning of serious jostling for the ODM party ticket.
Already, comedian and media personality Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang'o has declared that he will contest the Lang'ata MP seat on an ODM ticket. Besides the Kiss 100 Radio presenter, city lawyer and former Raila aide Silas Jakakimba is also eyeing the position.
Similarly, lawyer Steve Ogolla is also keen to unseat the incumbent Nixon Korir, a key foot soldier of the Deputy President William Ruto in Nairobi.
ODM leader Raila Odinga with his elder brother Dr Oburu Odinga ( Photo Courtesy)
If he bags the ODM ticket, Jaoko stands a chance of unseating Korir. But with the likes of Jalang'o and Jakakimba equally eyeing the ticket, expect political embers to flare.
Riding on the famous Odinga family name, Jaoko will find it easy to win the seat despite the stiff competition he is facing.
The Odinga name could also come as a "curse" to Jaoko in his quest to inherit his famous uncle's former seat. Yes, expect the return of the "dynasty" tag that will be used to decampaign against the upcoming firebrand politician.
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