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February 19, 2018

Governors unveil plan to mop up Raila's western vote

Governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu) , Sospeter Ojaamong’(Busia), John Nyagarama (Nyamira), and Wilbur Otichilo (Vihiga) during a press conference in Kisumu, September 14, 2017. /MAURICE ALAL
Governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu) , Sospeter Ojaamong’(Busia), John Nyagarama (Nyamira), and Wilbur Otichilo (Vihiga) during a press conference in Kisumu, September 14, 2017. /MAURICE ALAL

Governors from Western will mount a comprehensive campaign for NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga ahead of the October 17 poll.

Led by Kisumu's Anyang’ Nyong’o, the county bosses pledged to ensure maximum voter turnout in their counties to enable Raila defeat President Uhuru Kenyatta by a wider margin.

They said they will spearhead campaigns and focus on 100 per cent voter turnout, a resolution made on Wednesday during a meeting at Grand Royal Swiss Hotel in Kisumu.

Nyong’o convened the meeting under the Lake Region Governors Forum.

Governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Wycliffe Wangamati ( Bungoma), Okoth Obado (Migori), Sospeter Ojaamong’(Busia), John Nyagarama (Nyamira), Wilbur Otichilo (Vihiga) and James Ongwae (Kisii) were present.

Deputy Governors Mathews Owili (Kisumu) and James Okumbe (Siaya) also attended.

Raila was represented by his advisers and campaign secretariat team members David Ndii, Adams Oloo and Joe Ager.

Noting the Opposition chief "must win", the team deliberated on campaign schedule and the best strategies in their respective counties.

The governors urged NASA supporters to vote in large numbers to close doors for manipulation of poll results.

Nyong’o noted Kenyans are suffering under the Jubilee administration and desire change under a transformative agenda, which he said can best be presided over by Raila.

In the Daily Nation today, a woman praised Raila for being the people's voice and encouraged him not to get tired.

Lilian said: "You are already our winner. Thank you for restoring the dignity of the poorest in Kenya and restoring my dignity as a Kenyan."

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The governors also castigated Uhuru over remarks that Ongwae and Nyagarama are temporarily in office following petitions by Jubilee losers.

They termed the remarks reckless, uncalled for and only meant to threaten county bosses into backing him.

Uhuru made the comments when he met a delegation from Kisii and Nyamira counties at Nakuru State House on Wednesday.

"We are telling him such remarks will not sway the court to rule in his and Jubilee favour," Nyong'o said. "Courts will look at evidence adduced by petitioners and defendants, not some desperate statements."

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Nyong’o said the two leaders cannot dictate to the courts how they should work and warned against attacks on Chief Justice David Maraga.

He welcomed well-wishers and supporters to send campaign funds through NASA's M-Pesa paybill number 991444.

The governors also discussed a plan to strengthen the Lake Region Economic block that brings together 13 counties on matters development.

Read: Raila to focus on corruption in campaigns for October election



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