Baraka Karama and George Odiwuor @PeopleDailyKe
The National Supper Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga has softened his stand on the six-piece voting pattern he earlier advocated for in his Nyanza backyard as he kicked off his final stretch campaigns in the region.
Raila, who led Nasa campaigns in Homa Bay county yesterday, said the Opposition stood the best chance of removing Jubilee from power by voting as a bloc. This comes in the wake of increasingly intense rivalry between ODM nominees and independent candidates in Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya and Migori counties.
Governor Cyprian Awiti, who hosted the Nasa principals is facing stiff competition from Kabondo Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga who defected from the Orange party after party nominations.
Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga and his Migori counterpart Okoth Obado are also facing stiff competition from Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo and former Cabinet minister Ochillo Ayacko respectively.
During a campaign rally at Aram market in Rarieda constituency last month, Raila met a hostile reception after supporters of Gumbo and those of Rasanga fought and heckled speakers who were rooting for the six-piece voting voting.
But speaking in Homa Bay stadium yesterday, Raila extended an olive branch to independent candidates. Speaking in Dholuo, he said those who defected from ODM to vie as independent candidates were still his supporters and should not be left out in marshaling support for Nasa. “Adwaro mondo ung’e ni lweny maduong’ en Jubilee, mapiny kak ki miwa wit kura. Seche ma Awiti dhawo gi Magwanga to jo wasigu mor,” (I want you to know that the bigger fight is removing Jubilee from power and our fight down here should not make us lose votes.
If Awiti is fighting with Magwanga our enemies are happy. You are all my people,” Raila said. Nasa co-principlas Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi who were present at the rally urged dissatisfied leaders to swallow their pride and support their opponents for the sake of Opposition unity.