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I didn’t anoint Raila successor, Oburu now says

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023 02:20 | By
Oburu Odinga
Oburu Odinga. PHOTO/Courtesy

Siaya Senator Oburu Oginga has said he has no powers to anoint ODM leader Raila Odinga’s successor as Nyanza region’s kingpin.

He said that he has not picked any politician to take over from Raila as the next Luo or opposition leader.

“There is no political vacuum as yet to be filled by anyone. Raila is still firmly on the steering wheel and is doing well,’’ said Oburu (pictured).

He spoke amid raging storm over his recent remarks that National Assembly Minority Leader in Opiyo Wandayi was tipped to be Raila’s successor.

The statement, Oburu said, had been misinterpreted, to appear as if he had anointed Wandayi.

“I only encouraged Wandayi to work hard. I did not anoint him. I said he is doing well and he is among those in Raila’s line to watch in future.’’

He said it is only the people who have the powers to choose Raila’s successor.

“I only said that leaders emerge. And so leaders like Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi have emerged,’’ Oburu said in an interview in Kisumu town.

The Senator said that like Wandayi, many more leaders will emerge, saying there are many proactive people in line. “All of them have an equal chance to lead,’’ he said.

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