ODM nominations in Siaya will be a mere formality if a plot by the party leadership in the county materialises.
The withdrawal of Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi from the gubernatorial race cracked wide open a secret ploy by ODM leader Raila Odinga and his allies to dish direct nominations.
The party is said to be favouring Senator James Orengo for the governorship position. To avert a fallout, Wandayi had been persuaded to exit the race.
Others angling to succeed Governor Cornel Rasanga include former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, former police spokesperson Charles Owino, William Oduol, and Nicholas Kut.
The team negotiating how the elective positions will be shared has identified Raila’s elder brother Oburu Oginga as the ideal candidate for the senatorial post.
Rasanga, who has massive influence and resources is eyeing the Alego Usonga parliamentary seat, which is currently occupied by Samuel Atandi.
Former Gem MP the late Jakoyo Midiwo’s brother and the former Prime Minister’s cousin Jalang’o Midiwo has been cherry-picked to dislodge Elisha Odhiambo, the current area lawmaker.
Bondo MP Gideon Ochanda also risks being left out in the proposed list, as his main competitor, Andiwo Mwai is seen as the preferred choice for the group that is seemingly keen to micromanage the county politics and ostensibly lockout popular candidates.
Oloo Okanda, the ODM Siaya branch chairman confirmed that there were plans to select contestants through consensus rather than subjecting them to primaries.
However, he fears the move could raise voter apathy in the home county of the former Premier.
The new details have triggered jitters among hopefuls, who advised the party to abandon the mission or hurt Raila’s presidential bid
They questioned why the opposition leader and Orengo would prefer that route yet they claim to have fought for the country’s democracy.