Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has challenged his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga to support his 2022 presidential bid.
The ODM party deputy leader had expressed his confidence of winning the 2022 presidential election citing his development track record.
Speaking during the burial ceremony of his cousin in Mabole, Butere on Saturday, April 24, 2021, Oparanya told mourners that he had stood with Raila since he joined politics and that it was about time he exits the stage for him.
“I humbly request my party leader former PM Hon Raila Odinga to support my presidential bid in the 2022 General Election. I have supported him since I joined politics and it is time for him to return the favour by supporting me for ODM’s presidential ticket and in the General Election,” Oparanya said.
The Kakamega County Boss also expressed his confidence of clinching the 2022 presidency with Raila’s support and other like-minded politicians.
“With his support, my development record, and reaching out to other national leaders for their support, I am confident of becoming the fifth president of this country,” Oparanya stated.
His statement came barely three weeks after he held a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto in Narok county.
However, the Kakamega Governor downplayed the agenda of their meeting claiming that he bumped into Ruto while he was in a business meeting in Mara.
“Raila was initially not aware of the meeting, but I called to inform him the moment I bumped into Ruto to ensure he does not hear it from third parties. He then told me to proceed and meet the Ruto,” Oparanya said.