How 2022 presidential candidates are sharing the support of 47 governors

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The political leanings of governors suggest the 2022 presidential contest will be a two-horse race between ODM leader Raila Odinga and DP William Ruto.

As per now ODM leader Raila Odinga us enjoying the backing of at least 17 governors after his two ODM deputies — Mombasa’s Hassan Joho and Kakamega’s Wycliffe Oparanya — shelved their presidential bids in his favour.

Nearly all governors from Western Kenya, such as Oparanya (Kakamega), Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Wilber Ottichilo (Vihiga) and Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma). except Trans Nzoia county, are backing Raila.

The ODM leader also enjoys the support of most Nyanza governors — Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) and James Ongwae (Kisii).

Raila also enjoys significant support among Coast governors, with Joho, Godhana Dhadho (Tana River), Fahim Twaha (Lamu) all backing him.


In Mt Kenya, the ODM leader has the support of governors Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia) and James Nyoro of Kiambu.

Raila also has the backing of Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku.

Ruto, on the other hand, has the backing of 10 county chiefs, largely from his Rift Valley backyard.

Ruto has the backing of governors Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu), Hillary Barchok (Bomet), Samuel Tunai (Narok), Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), John Lonyangapuo (West Pokot), Stephen Sang (Nandi) and Turkana’s Josphat Nanok.

The presidential hopeful Migori’s Okoth Obado is also said might merger his PDP party with Ruto’s UDA

ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi and his Kanu counterpart Gideon Moi have the backing of one governor each.

Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia has given indications he is supporting Mudavadi.

Wangamati, elected on the Ford Kenya ticket, ditched Wetang’ula and recently assailed Mudavadi as “a poor mobiliser who can’t marshal the needed votes propel him to State House”.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula are not supported by any governor yet.

The political inclinations of 16 governors remain unclear.

Two governors, Makueni’s Kivutha Kibwana and Murang’a’s Mwangi wa Iria, are themselves gunning for the presiden

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