Governor Oparanya rejects Obado, Magara’s offer to decamp ODM and lead PDP

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Governor Oparanya./COURTESY

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has rejected an offer of being the PDP-Party leader. In an elaborate plan which also roped in Migori Governor Okoth Obado and Kisii politician Omingo Magara, the CoG Chair was targetted by DP William Ruto given his close association with Raila Odinga, as well as his position as the Deputy leader in ODM Party.

”The talk is that Mr Oparanya, who is serving his final term as Kakamega governor, has been persuaded to take over PDP’s leadership, presumably to step out of Mr Odinga’s shadows in ODM, and elevate him to a party boss,” a story in the Daily Nation reads.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado has waged war against ODM and it is believed, his frosty relationship with Raila Odinga could be the intention of his latest move. Obado vied and won the Migori Gubernatorial seat in 2013 on a PDP ticket, against a strong ODM wave, before he decamped to the orange party in 2017.

However, speaking on Monday, Governor Oparanya dismissed the reports associating him to PDP. The Kakamega boss insisted Omingo Magara, the party’s chair, had joined DP Ruto’s Tangatanga wing of Jubilee and there is no way he could associate with the outfit.

“I cannot make that mistake. I am in ODM and will apply for the party’s ticket for the presidential candidate. There is still a lot of time and I have to look for the Sh1 million first which is a requirement,” Mr. Oparanya said.

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