The race for Kisumu ODM gubernatorial ticket could be a done deal if Anyang’ Nyong’o’s endorsement for second term by the party county delegates is anything to go by.
Nyong’o was on Monday endorsed by party delegates from the seven sub counties during the launch of county’s Azimio campaigns.
The move was also supported by MPs; Aduma Owuor (Nyakach), Dr James Nyikal (Seme), Fred Ouda (KISUMU Central) and Olago Aluoch (Kisumu West).
The convention was attended by Deputy Party Leader and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, his Kisii Governor James Ongwae and ODM National Treasurer Timothy Bosire.
Kisumu County Assembly Speaker Elisha Oraro brought introduced the motion seeking the approval of the delegates to pick the party’s gubernatorial flag bearer.
“We have decided to bring peace in Kisumu County and settle on one candidate for the gubernatorial position,” said the Speaker.
The motion was then seconded by the Kisumu County Assembly Majority Leader Kenneth Onyango, and seconded by two Members of the County Assembly.
With no opposing side, the delegates unanimously endorsed Governor Nyong’o for a second term.
And should the endorsement stand, this would mean that the race for the gubernatorial ticket is a done deal, especially should the party use the delegates method in picking candidates in the forthcoming party primaries.
This move comes just a few days after the Governor’s rivals endorsed former Chief Administrative Secretary for East Africa Community Ken Obura as their preferred candidate for the counties top seat.
Members of the team christened ‘unbuogable’ including Kisumu Senator Fred Outa,former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma and former Kisumu County Assembly Speaker Onyango Oloo made a move they called plan A to dethrone Nyong’o.
With the delegates move, plan A for the team to topple the governor in the party primaries now seems to hitting a dead end.
The big question now remains on what next for the other gubernatorial aspirants under the ODM party after the delegates decision