Evans Kidero, a gubernatorial candidate in Homa Bay, has rejected Woman Representative Gladys Wanga’s endorsement as the ODM party’s candidate for the county’s top seat in the August elections. Kidero claims he was unaware of a meeting in Nairobi on Thursday at which seven-party aspirants reportedly agreed to resign and support Wanga’s candidacy. The move, according to Dr. Kidero, was a breach of the electorate’s freedom to choose their own candidate. “The people of Homa Bay have been denied the right to vote for their preferred ODM Party candidate for the governor seat in the general elections on August 9th, 2022,” he stated in a statement.
“Seven persons who met in a Nairobi hotel cannot make decisions for the over one million people who live in Homa Bay County.” Their motives are widely understood. I was neither told nor invited to this conference, which compromised the sovereignty of Homa Bay voters.” Raila Odinga, the ODM’s leader, had already declared that all contenders had dropped out in favor of Wanga, the party’s single candidate in the gubernatorial contest. Former Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga, who was also vying for the county’s top seat, was unanimously nominated as Wanga’s running mate, according to Odinga.
“In Homa Bay County, there have been a number of candidates standing for the governorship. They’ve been holding a meeting and have invited us, as party officials, to attend and confer with them. “They’ve had a lot of conversations, and at the end of it, they came to an accord by consensus,” Odinga said. “Out of the seven contestants who were here, they’ve all agreed to withdraw and support Gladys Wanga as the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Homa Bay County.” In the same vein, they’ve nominated Oyugi Magwanga as her running mate.”
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