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Jack Ranguma Endorses Ken Obura for Kisumu 2022 Gubernatorial Race

One-term ex-Kisumu governor Jack Ranguma has thrown his weight behind the candidature of ex-Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura for the Kisumu gubernatorial seat in the next general election.

Ranguma who hosted the East Africa Community Chief Administrative Secretary at his Chemelil home said his move was based on talks on who should take on governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o in 2022.

The former governor said he has no interest in getting back to ODM and instead he was charting a new political path. He added that he will enter into a post-election power plan after Ken Obura wins the seat.

“We have been having discussions with the three of us. Myself, senator Fred Outa and Obura. This is the outcome of those deliberations,” he said.

While endorsing Obura, Jack Ranguma said the declaration will inform the future politics of the 2022 race for Kisumu county.

Ranguma at the same time appealed to Kisumu Senator Fred Outa to back Obura who served as Kisumu central MP between 2013 and 2017.

“I want to appeal to the Senator who has been part of these talks to also publicly voice his support for the CAS,” he said.

He said Obura is young and stand the best chance to battle it out with Nyong’o in ODM.

“My age doesn’t allow me to fight it again in ODM. I, therefore, leave it to my younger brother Obura. He still has the rigours and the energy to do battle within ODM,” he said.

“What happened in the last polls is history. Because I can’t go back to ODM, I am endorsing Ken Obura. He’s still younger. I have no energy to battle this time,” he added.

Obura has won the support of key politicians from the larger Nyando including Nyong’o’s first chief of staff Patrick Ouya.

Ouya was amongst the politicians from the area who were present during Ranguma’s Saturday endorsement of the CAS.

Ouya was a key figure in the team that mobilized support for Nyong’o in 2017. He teamed up with Senator who was then Nyando MP to sell the governor’s candidature in the vote-rich Kano.

But he would later fall out with Nyong’o who sacked him from the position of Chief of Staff.

Representatives drawn from the seven Constituencies of Seme, Muhoroni, Nyando, Kisumu West, East and Central and Nyakach attended the meeting which was dominated by political undertones.

They included former MCAs from the seven sub Counties.

Addressing the meeting, Obura expressed confidence in clinching the ODM party ticket in the primaries.

“I want to thank the former governor for this bold step. I am confident that I will emerge victorious,” he said.

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