Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya has asked the Amani National Congress (ANC) and Ford Kenya party leaders to disband their parties and form a single party ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Speaking to Ingo FM, the ODM deputy party leader urged the two principals of the recently formed One Kenya Alliance to join him and support his ambitions to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“If they do it, I will be more than willing to join them and chart the way forward for the western region,” Oparanya said.
Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula have fashioned themselves as Western Kenya political king pins over time through their respective parties.
Oparanya on the other hand is the senior-most ODM leader from Western Kenya where the party enjoys considerable support than Wetangula’s and Mudavadi’s parties combined.
The two have however not made it clear if or not they will be vying for the presidency in 2022.
Oparanya on the other hand has shown interest to be president in the forthcoming election and has in the past been holding a series of meeting with senior politicians.
Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday, April 15, in a televised interview, said he has met Oparanya several times and that they were charting for a possible alliance.
Oparanya who also recently met Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka said that he is open to meet and work with other leaders including William Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetang’ula among others who have the interests of Kenyans at heart.
“I also want to meet the President and leaders of other parties, among them Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula, to discuss the same,” he added.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that more than 20 governors including the immediate former Council of Governor’s chair are set to leave office after serving their constitutional 2-terms.
With less than 15 months to the next General Election, unlike other governors who might opt for less influential positions, Oparanya appears to be focused on something bigger than what he has held over the past 10 years.