By HILTON OTENYO
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has said ODM will take charge of NASA campaigns and ensure its candidates win in August.
He said NASA presidential torchbearer Raila Odinga, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and himself will lead the campaigns in Nairobi, the Rift Valley, Coast, Nyanza and Western.
The governor spoke in Mung’ang’a, Mumias East, on Wednesday.
“Raila will lead the campaigns in Nairobi and the Rift Valley. Joho will be in charge of the Coast and I will lead the campaigns in Western and Nyanza. ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi will represent his party and Moses Wetang’ula his Ford Kenya,” Oparanya said. “You cannot give Mudavadi and Wetang’ula MPs and MCAs when I’m here. Elect these ODM candidates even if they are crippled and then look at me, not them.”
The governor’s remarks are likely to trigger supremacy turf wars between the NASA parties – ODM, ANC, Ford Kenya and Wiper – hurting the presidential vote. Mudavadi is the NASA National Campaign Committee chairman.
NASA launches its official campaigns in Kakamega tomorrow. ANC and Ford Kenya members in Western have told ODM to leave key elective seats in the region to them, saying Mudavadi and Wetang’ula sacrificed their presidential ambitions for Raila.
NASA has formed four presidential campaign teams to hunt votes for Raila’s last stab at the presidency.
One team will be led by Raila and will include Wetang’ula, Lamu Governor Issa Timamy, Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye and Narok governor aspirant Joseph Tiampati.
The second team, to be led by Mudavadi, has Joho, Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok, Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto and Kilifi woman representative Aisha Jumwa. The third team will be led by Wiper leader and Raila’s running mate Kalonzo Musyoka.
It consists of Oparanya, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, Farah Maalim and Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo.
The fourth team has Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi and Mombasa woman representative Mishi Mboko.
Oparanya told Kakamega residents to forget about development if they elect MPs from parties other than ODM.
“These people keep running here promising what they will do: How will they do what they are telling you when it is me who gives?” he said.