Siaya Senator James Orengo has dismissed claims that Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has a preferred candidate in the Siaya Gubernatorial election next year.
This comes after reports from a local daily alleged that the party had established a ‘secret’ list of candidates for various elective seats in 2022.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, 12th October Orengo termed the reports as false and meant to interfere with the ongoing voter registration.
“As far as I am aware ODM has not conducted any nominations and there are no preferred candidates in Siaya County or elsewhere,” said Orengo.
Orengo added that he is yet to declare which seat he will compete for in the 2022 general election.
“On my part, I have not declared the seat I will contest for in next year’s general elections. I also want to confirm that I’m not in any contrived line-up of candidates and condemn any such moves to stifle democracy within the party.”
He further stated that non-competitive, undemocratic and autocratic politics belong to the tragic past.
Last week, Ugunja Member of Parliament Opiyo Wandayi bowed out from the 2022 Siaya Gubernatorial race.
Wandayi said that the decision was made following extensive consultations with the ODM leadership and the rank and file of the party.
“Following extensive consultations with the ODM leadership and the rank and file of the party and, having listened keenly to the voices of my Ugunja constituents, I wish to make it known that I shall not be a candidate for the position of Governor of Siaya County in 2022,” he said.
He said that any political decision or action he makes must be in tandem with the aspirations of the party and its membership.
Should Orengo decide to vie for Siaya’s top seat he will battle it out with former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo and former police spokesman Charles Owino who has already declared his interest.