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Winnie Odinga comes last in a poll for preferred Raila political successor

Raila Odinga’s impending retirement from active politics before of the 2027 national elections has created a debate on who is likely to succeed him as the Luo community politcal kingpin. This became a national debate after Siaya County Senator Oburu Odinga allegedly ‘blessed’ Minority Leader in the National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi as the best poised to take over the mantle from Odinga. His words caused harsh protests from Luo Nyanza lawmakers and locals, causing the first-time senator to retract and reverse his decision.

Following Oburu’s words, a list of Nyanza politicians most qualified to succeed Raila emerged. Opiyo Wandayi, Homa Bay governor Gladys Wanga, EALA MP Winnie Odinga, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, Migori governor Ochillo Ayacko, Kisumu governor Anyang Nyongo, Siaya governor James Orengo, and former Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju were among the leaders whose names emerged.

However, on Thursday, a local digital publisher sponsored an online poll in which Kenyans were asked to vote for one of four politicians to succeed Raila. Opiyo Wandayi, Winnie Odinga, Babu Owino, and MP Otiende Amollo were among those named.

Preliminary results have put Babu Owino in the lead, with a higher proportion of the KOT voting for him. Raila’s daughter Winnie Odinga has received 330 votes, accounting for 8.8% of the total.

Babu Owino leads with 57.3%, followed by Otiende Amollo (17.3%) and Opiyo Wandayi (16.7%). However, these are early findings, with more Kenyans anticipated to vote before the end of the 23-hour period, perhaps leading to different outcomes.


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