Flag­bearer? Get house in or­der, se­na­tor told

Op­po­si­tion is de­lay­ing nam­ing its can­di­date as it is still ex­pand­ing, Oparanya says

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - HIL­TON OTENYO @hiltonotenyo

Ford Kenya leader Moses We­tang’ula should be pa­tient for the op­po­si­tion ticket as what mat­ters is which can­di­date is most pop­u­lar and can beat Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta, a leader has said.

ODM deputy party leader Wy­cliffe Oparanya (Kakamega gover­nor) said, “At the mo­ment, [Cord prin­ci­pal] Raila Odinga is the most pop­u­lar can­di­date for the op­po­si­tion and peo­ple like We­tang’ula should be pa­tient be­cause a com­peti­tor can­not dis­qual­ify oth­ers.”

He said the de­lay in nam­ing the coali­tion flag­bearer is de­lib­er­ate “as op­po­si­tion was still ex­pand­ing”.

Oparanya said We­tang’ula should first put his house in or­der be­fore set­ting his eyes on the Cord ticket.

In an in­ter­view with a lo­cal daily yes­ter­day, We­tang’ula said Raila and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka should dis­qual­ify them­selves from con­test­ing the pres­i­den­tial ticket as they have run for Pres­i­dent be­fore and lost.

The Bun­goma se­na­tor said he is the best suited to de­liver vic­tory be­cause he has not been tested be­fore.

Raila has ex­pressed con­fi­dence that a tech­ni­cal team picked to come up with modal­i­ties of pick­ing the op­po­si­tion’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date will come up with an agree­able for­mula.

Raila, We­tang’ula and Kalonzo are an­gling for the Cord ticket, with each declar­ing him­self the best bet.

We­tang’ula is bat­tling rebels within his Ford Kenya party who want to ex­pel him over what they term “mis­man­age­ment of the party”.

A fac­tion led by ac­tivist Ken Wa­fula has called for a spe­cial Na­tional Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil meet­ing in Thika to­mor­row, whose agenda in­cludes re­view and re­place­ment of party lead­er­ship and a de­ci­sion on the party’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. They ac­cuse We­tang’ula of declar­ing him­self party pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

A pro-We­tang’ula fac­tion held a meet­ing at Maan­zoni yes­ter­day. It dis­missed the Wa­fula fac­tion as rebels out to desta­bilise the party.

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