The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has moved in on Deputy President William Ruto's home turf in a bid to get as many supporters from the vote-rich region as much as possible.
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya hosted a delegation of ODM party leaders from West Pokot county at at his Likuyani home in Kakamega county on Sunday, August 2.
According to the ODM deputy party leader, the political outfit had launched a strategy to reclaim its support from in the region just like it was in 2007, as reported by Daily Nation.
“We have launched campaigns to revitalise the party in Deputy President William Ruto's North Rift home turf,” said the Kakamega governor.
Oparanya who met ODM leaders from West Pokot county said they were currently working on a plan to launch a member registration exercise in the region.
"We have made plans to re-open party offices and recruit new members in the region. We will soon have a series of activities that will give the party a new life in the region," he said.
The West Pokot team that was led by ODM chairs Joseph Akaule and Rhoda Katalai affirmed its commitment to strengthening the party ahead of the next General Election and pledged support for Raila Odinga and Oparanya.
The Likuyani meeting came barely day after Oparanya met KANU chairman and Baringo senator, Gideon Moi, at his Kabarak home in the company of Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa and workers union boss Francis Atwoli.
Oparanya said the meeting was aimed at making possible alliances in a bid to "strengthen Baba’s (Raila’s) position ahead of 2022."
At the some time, the chairman Council of Governors dismissed claims that their visit to Moi's home was meant to endorse his 2022 presidential ambitions.
“Our main agenda was to ensure all leaders, regardless of their party affiliations, work together for the benefit of our nation. Nothing like endorsements were discussed," he said, adding it was unfortunate that some people read too much into political gatherings.
He said, during the meeting at Moi’s home, they agreed to jointly support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.