Details of Uhuru-Raila Deal that Made Oparanya Dump DP Ruto

President Uhuru Kenyatta when he was hosted by ODM leader Raila Odinga during a tour of KIsumu County on October 22, 2020

Details have emerged of the behind-the scenes intrigues that made Kakamega Governor Wyclife Oparanya shelve plans to team up with DP Ruto.

The Star reports that Uhuru’s political operatives are crafting a Super-Alliance bringing together all pro-BBI forces and One Kenya Alliance behind Raila Odinga to face off with DP Ruto in 2022.

Details of the partnership was hinted to by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho at a recent press conference when he told a local paper that he would not wish to be the one who undermines Raila’s mission “when he has secured the support of Uhuru”, and vowed to take part in “serious handshake action”.

“I’ve had numerous discussions with the former PM, which have left me convinced that the vision and dream that we have chased unsuccessfully over the years is around the corner,” Joho was quoted saying at the time.

“His brother, the President, shares that belief very strongly.” Joho added.

In the wake of the reports, Oparanya made a U-turn, leaving DP Ruto’s camp in confussion as he had been fronted as a possible running mate to bring in the Western Kenya vote-block and due to his record as a leader who delivers.

“If Raila decided to run for the presidency then I will not oppose him,” Oparanya declared.

“I have worked closely with Raila for many years since 2005 when I joined the party. I will consult with him on what position I will go for in case he will be running for president,” Oparanya added.

It has since emerged that the same deal made the Mombasa Governor shelve his bid and throw his weight behind Raila Odinga.

The withdrawal of Joho and Oparanya from the contest now gives Raila the space to consolidate his ODM party before teaming up with Gideon Moi, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalozo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula, backed by other pro-BBI forces from Mount Kenya region to sweep to victory in 2022.

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