According to the ODM deputy party leader, he is the best bet to fly the Orange party flag in 2022 but for him to succeed he would require Raila's full backing.
Oparanya further urged the opposition leader to reciprocate the loyalty he accorded him for a long time by declaring "Oparanya Tosha."
Oparanya noted: "By 2022, we shall have over one million registered voters in Kakamega county alone, this will be a major boost to my presidential bid, I urge my supporters to remain focused and challenge my party boss to stand with me.
[caption caption="File image of NASA leader Raila Odinga and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya"][/caption]
"I command a huge following in Kakamega and neighboring counties and that is a major morale booster even as I take calculated steps into national politics," exclaimed Oparanya.
Additionally, Oparanya affirmed that he has a clean political record and that he is positive that he can become an automatic ODM torchbearer in 2022.
"I believe in myself and enjoy huge support in my backyard, I am not about to back down in favour of anyone," Oparanya commented in reference to ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya boss Moses Wetang’ula.
However, he announced that he is willing to sacrifice his political ambition for the sake of competitors from Western.
"There is nothing wrong for either Musalia or Wetang’ula to vie in 2022, if they prove to be stronger than me, I will be obliged to support one of them but they must also be prepared to back me in case I outshine them in a popularity contest," Oparanya asserted.
The Kakamega county boss is among other ODM leaders who have expressed an interest in the top seat including Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.
[caption caption="File image of NASA leader Raila Odinga, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and his Mombasa counterpart Hassan Joho"][/caption]