Deputy President William Ruto suffers a big blow as more than a third of the county chiefs back Raila as his campaigns gains huge momentum
It was another super day for Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate and ODM leader Raila Odinga as 30 governors threw their weight behind him and promised to campaign for his election.
Coming only a day after staging a hugely successful rally at Thika Stadium in Kiambu County, Central Kenya, Raila political star seems to be shinning brighter daily.
While accepting the support, Raila said devolution has opened up and transformed rural Kenya and will strengthen it to enhance service delivery and accelerate development right across the country when elected president.
He said he was greatly encouraged by the positive sentiments expressed by Governors at our meeting today.
Marakwet governor who was present warned that nobody should fool people because Raila has followers not just in Marakwet but across the Rift Valley, what appeared to be a jibe at DP William Ruto whose supporters have been trying to coarse residents only support his United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
Kitu Governor Charity Ngilu said Raila Odinga presents the realest chance for Kenya’s third revolution warning it was too risky to elect DP William Ruto who has constantly opposed constitutionalism.
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho said the only way to strengthen devolution is by electing a leadership that not only fights for it but also believes in it and that Devolution will only be safe in the hands of the person who sacrificed all to secure it’s realisation.
“As governors and compatriots, we have today declared our unwavering support for Rt.Hon. Raila Odinga’s presidential bid in the upcoming general election,” said Joho.
During the meeting in Naivasha Raila met 26 governors listed below while four others sent their apologies but all the 30 have signed the declaration indicating their support for the former Prime Minister.
Some of the governors who attended the meeting include;
1. Charity Ngilu – Kitui
2. Anne Kananu- Nairobi
3. Cyprian Awiti – Homa Bay
4. Wycilffe Opranya – Kakamega
5. Amos Nyaribo – Nyamira
6. James Nyoro – Kiambu
7. Francis Kimemia – Nyandarua
8. Hassan Ali Joho – Mombasa
9. Joseph Ole Lenku -Kajiado
10. Martin Wambora – Embu
11. Ndiritu Muriithi – Laikipia
12. Mohammed Kuti – Isiolo
13. Lee Kinyanjui – Nakuru
14. Alex Tolgos – Elgeyo -Marakwet
15. James Ongwae – Kisii
16. Cornel Rasanga – Siaya
17. Ahmed Boray Arale- Wajir
18. Fahim Twaha – Lamu
19. Amason Kingi – Kilifi
20. Granton Samboja – Taita Taveta
21. Wilber Otichillo – Vihiga
22. Kivutha Kibwana – Makueni
23. Anyang’ Nyong’o – Kisumu
24. Dhadho Gaddae Godhana – Tana River