Kakamega Governor and ODM deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya is set to lead 17 other governors and Cabinet Secretaries in joining Deputy President William Ruto’s camp, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua has revealed.
In an interview with NTV, Gachagua who is a close DP Ruto ally revealed that prior to last week’s meeting, Oparanya had met DP Ruto three times in his presence and all is now set for him to cross over alongside many others.
He clarified that the meetings only focused on Oparanya crossing over and not any alliance bringing Raila Odinga on board.
“That meeting between Ruto and Oparanya is the fourth meeting in a row. I was present in two previous ones. He approached us in 2019 and 2020 wanting to join the Hustler nation because of the pressure from the people of Kakamega and the leaders there and we have been discussing. Those meetings were held in private as he did not want them publicized. But now he is ready to come to us (join the hustler movement) and this meeting was at his request. He came to negotiate on his own behalf.
“Oparanya is not alone. The other week the DP met 17 governors in private for fear of them being harrased.”Confirmed the Mathira lawmaker.
According to the vocal DP Ruto ally, several other governorors, CSs and PSs have reached out to the Tanga Tanga camp declaring their support for DP Ruto.
The however fear to do so publicly for fear that they will be victimized and punished for their political opinion with numerous arrests and court cases.
Rigathi added that beginning December, many will flock to the DP Ruto camp as by then, being fired or arrested will only enhance their political profile with 7 months to the next general election.
“We do not want the handshake people to push Raila to us (because of our ideological differences and his history of breaking up parties…He (Oparanya) did not come to represent Raila and if he came for Raila we would not have met him because we have no business with Raila.” He added.
Below is the full interview, courtesy of Nation.