Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leaders have downplayed Deputy President William Ruto’s UDA party win in Kiambaa by-election, saying it has no impact on the 2022 presidential race.
Migori Senator Ochillo Ayacko and Woman Representative Pamela Odhiambo say the results will not affect plans by ODM leader Raila Odinga to form an alliance with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee ahead of 2022 Presidential elections.
Speaking separately to the press in Migori town on Saturday 17, 2021, the two leaders said that the Kiambaa by-election result has got nothing to do with 2022 presidential elections.
Deputy President William Ruto’s UDA party, got its first legislator after Njuguna Wanjiku won the Kiambaa by-election by garnering a total of 21,773 votes against Kariri Njama of Jubilee party who finished second with 21,263 votes.
“The message from the results is that Jubilee Party has been told that competition has been brought to its doorstep and it should put its house in order”.
“As for us in ODM and those backing Raila Odinga’s presidential bid in next polls, there is nothing to write home about,” Ayacko said.
He dismissed those claiming that Kiambaa by-election result is a 2022 presidential indicator, saying that they are getting it wrong, especially when they feel Ruto should be comfortable.
“Kiambaa showed that the votes have been matched 50-50 between Jubilee and UDA, which shows Ruto will never attain the Mt Kenya voting bloc he thought he could inherit from Jubilee Party,” Ayacko said.
His sentiments were echoed by Odhiambo, who said “It is a small margin of win to make any impact on presidential popularity in Kenya.”
“We are not shaken as Raila confidants by the impact of these results on the handshake or us working together with Kenyatta ahead of 2022 General Election,” Odhiambo said.
The ODM leaders further revealed that the party is concentrating more on securing their allies in 2017 polls by ensuring the working formula among ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula, among others is smooth.