Gladys Wanga gets direct ODM ticket for Homa Bay governor seat
Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga has been given a direct ticket by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to contest for the county governor seat in the August 9 general election.
Speaking in Nairobi on Thursday, ODM party leader Raila Odinga said Wanga will be issued with a certificate after seven candidates stepped down in favour of her candidature.
“There are those aspirants who have been running for the governorship position in Homa Bay County. They have been having a meeting and invited us as party officials to come and have consultations with them.
"They’ve had very extensive consultations, at the end of which an agreement has been reached by way of consensus,” Raila said.
At the same time former Kasipul Member of Parliament Oyugi Magwanga has been picked as her runninng.
“Out of the seven contestants who were here, they’ve all agreed to step down and back Gladys Wanga as the party candidate in the Homa Bay County gubernatorial race. In the same spirit, they’ve also nominated her running mate as Oyugi Magwanga," Raila added.
Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has been in the race to succeed Cyprian Awiti who is serving his last term in office.
It is unclear if Kidero is one of those who stepped down in favour of the woman rep.