Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has dropped his presidential ambition and vowed to support his party boss, former Prime minister Raila Odinga.
Oparanya who is a political bigwig in western region has been in the past few months insisted to run for the top seat via the Orange Democratic Movement but his latest move to back Raila seems to help him maintain votes from western region.
This comes weeks after his fellow ODM deputy party leader Hassan Joho also decided to back Odinga for the presidency even after being interested in the seat earlier.
The two second-term governors now say they will back Raila for president next year because they believe he has the best shot to end ODM's protracted dry spell in the quest for state power.
There were fears that Oparanya and Joho's presidential bids could have shaken up the Coast and Western Kenya Raila's most dependable support bases diminishing the ODM boss's 2022 chances.
Now, the ODM chief Raila will have to battle with businessman Jimmy Wanjigi for ODM's ticket to vie for the presidential seat in 2022.
His game plan is unclear and there are claims he is out to wreck the party and Raila's chances from within.
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