Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has said he is ready to shelve his 2022 presidential ambitions in favor of his party leader Raila Odinga.
In his latest media interview, the former Council of Governor’s chair said he will consider running for another elective seat in the event Raila opts to take another stab at the presidency.
“If my party leader stands, I think I would rather go for another post instead of opposing him because we have worked together all this time since I joined the party in 2005,” Oparanya said.
In what appears to be a major boost for Raila’s presidential ambitions, the retiring Kakamega governor did not reveal what he would contest saying it was too early to decide.
He urged his supporters to remain calm adding that he was waiting for the outcome of the BBI bill which will shed light on his next political move.
“Depending on what will be there at that time, the planned constitutional amendment was creating other posts, it was also creating ministers coming from the regional assembly unlike the situation now,” he went on.
His U-tern comes barely a month after he had challenged his party leader Raila Odinga to support his presidential ambitions in the forthcoming General Election.
In a tweet posted on Saturday, April 24, Oparanya said he has stood with the former prime minister since he joined politics and that it is time the opposition chief return the favor.
“I humbly request my Party Leader former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to support my presidential bid in the 2022 General Election,” Oparanya said.
“Our party leader will definitely be on the ballot. Raila has brought meaningful changes to this country. Therefore, the other leaders should shelve their ambitions and support him,” said Migori Woman Representative Pamela Odhiambo.