By Paul Mukana
The Kakamega gubernatorial race has taken another shape after DAP-K party candidate Ayub Savula stepped down and agreed to deputize ODM’s Fernandez Baraza.
Apparently, Savula bowed down to pressure from ODM leader Raila Odinga, Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya and other Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance’s lieutenants.
Horizon news has reliably learned that both Savula and Barasa were summoned to a closed door meeting in Nairobi where both Raila and Oparanya spoke to them.
The Kakamega gubernatorial seat has been at the brim of ODM since governor Oparanya has successfully served two terms under the ODM ticket.Oparanya doubles up as a crucial figure inside Raila’s kitchen cabinet and Azimio outfit.
“I accept to be Fernandez Baraza’s running mate. With my understanding of the psychology and terrain of Kakamega, we can be rest assured of a very sounding victory. So, the Barasa-Savula ticket is a sure bet on august 9th,”Savula told journalists immediately after agreeing to deputize Baraza.
Thus, Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance is determined to retain its glory in the political space of Kakamega county and western Kenya as a whole.
The Kakamega gubernatorial race has been described by many political pundits as among the hotly contested battles as the august 9th general elections fast approach.
Fernandez Barasa’s closest rival is senator Cleophas Malala who will be vying via an ANC party ticket which is affiliated to DP Ruto’s Kenya kwanza coalition.
Since Fernandez Barasa is launching his first shot in elective politics, the ODM party leadership is determined to aid him defeat the outspoken Malala.
On his part, Malala has laughed off the Savula-Baraza pact terming it as inconsequential and said he was ready to face any political formation being fronted by Azimio.
“So I want to tell Raila now, in that meeting you are having with Oparanya, Savula and Fernandez Barasa,even if you unite all of them, I will defeat you very early alongside my woman running mate, ‘’Malala said at a campaign rally in Kabras, Malava on Wednesday.
Recent opinion polls have indicated that Fernandez Barasa is only popular in urban areas but less popular in grass root villages which have many votes.
But senator Malala seems to have accelerated his grass root campaign which has prompted ODM to initiate a Baraza-Savula ticket.it has turned out to be a battle between Wiliam Ruto’s Kenya kwanza and Raila Odinga’s Azimio La Umoja one Kenya alliance.
DP Ruto is gearing up to seize the populous Kakamega county from ODM.
Naomi Shiyonga who was vying for the Kakamega women rep seat on a DAP-K party ticket has also voluntarily stepped down for ODM’S Elsie Muhanda.