The governor of Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong has named the candidate he will support for the presidency in the 2022 presidential election. Speaking on Sunday after gracing a church service, the county boss said that he would rally behind the candidacy of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga. Ojaamong called on the members of the Luhya community to rally behind the former prime minister who is yet to declare his candidature.
"The person that I will support for the presidency in 2022 is Raila Odinga, that is also the person that the people of Busia county will support and vote for in 2022, " the Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong said on Sunday after gracing a church service that was also graced by the Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga.
"Raila Odinga has what it takes to win the presidency. We know for sure that when he will be elected, he will ensure that our people benefit from the fruits of his government. I want to urge you to keep supporting the former prime minister. The journey has just begun."
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga speaks to a crowd of his supporters in Kwale county. [Source Courtesy]
The announcement by the Busia governor will come as a blow for the Amani National Congress party leader and former vice president Musalia Mudavadi who has been struggling to rally Luhya leaders behind his presidential ambitions. Mr Odinga has long enjoyed massive support from the Western Kenya region since 2007 when he launched his second presidential campaign.
If he runs in 2022, it will be Raila Odinga's fifth attempt at the presidency. In a speech last week, the former prime minister said that he would only announce his political plans after the Building Bridges Initiative referendum. His political adversary the deputy president Dr William Ruto has already announced that he will run for the top seat in 2022.
The Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader and former vice president Musalia Mudavadi. [Source Courtesy]
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