Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga will be having a nomination headache in some regions where powerful politicians look up to their endorsement.
Among the candidates that are looking forward to flying the ODM and UDA tickets are the duo’s staunch supporters, wealthy politicians who finance their parties, and those who have strong grassroots support and mobilisation skills.
Settling on one candidate among the three categories will surely be a nomination headache for Raila Odinga and William Ruto.
The nomination headache will leave the two with a tough decision to make while at the same time ensuring their party’s conduct free and fair nominations
In Kirinyaga, DP William Ruto faces a tough dilemma in choosing between Wangui Ngirici and Anne Waiguru, who are targeting the gubernatorial seat.
Ngirici has been a staunch supporter of DP William Ruto and also one of the financiers of the United Democratic Alliance party.
On the other hand, Waiguru has recently warmed up to the hustler nation. She comes with stronger popularity.
In one of Ruto’s backyard, there is a tough battle as two of his confidants battle for the gubernatorial seat.
These are his close ally and Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter and Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, who has been an ardent supporter of the hustler nation.
There is also a delicate ground in Baringo County where the incumbent Stanely Kiptis and aspiring Labour CS Simon Chelugui battle for support from William Ruto.
Uasin Gishu County
In his county, Ruto has a headache determining Governor Mandago’s successor.
In the race, there is his big supporter Caleb Kositany and close business associate David Lagat.
Here, Ruto has a big dilemma choosing between incumbent governor Stephen Sang, Senator Samson Cherargei and former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Kosgey.
In Raila Odinga’s stronghold, his close allies are looking forward to his endorsement.
These include ODM chairman John Mbadi, former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Woman Rep Gladys Wanga.
How Raila shall navigate this tricky scenario remains to be seen.
Here, Odinga’s confidant Senator James Orengo and Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi will be fighting for the governorship against former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo.
The senatorial race is also heated as Odinga’s cousin Oburu and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo eye the seat.
All eyes are on Raila as Kisumu Senator Fred Outa is seeking to unseat Governor Anyang Nyong’o, who is also seeking re-election.
Raila will be torn between Senator Sam Ongeri, Woman Rep Janet Ong’era and Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati, who have indicated they will contest the governorship.
Here Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir and businessman Suleiman Shabhal, will be battling it out for the ODM ticket to vie for the Monbasa gubernetorial post in the 2022 General Election.