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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).
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.
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”.
The political inclinations of 16 governors remain unclear.