By Mangoa Mosota and James Omoro
Raila said it would be a big embarrassment in his political career if the electorate rejected ODM candidate Augustino Neto Oyugi in Monday's by-elections.
The Premier noted that the party is confident that Oyugi would beat his rivals and have ODM retain the seat.
“Ka ok umiya Neto kaka Jaodbura maru to kata an ok abichung e kom maduong cha (If you do not give me Neto as your MP, then I will not vie for the top seat),” he said at rally at Magina Trading Centre, Saturday.
He said a win for the party in Ndhiwa will be a barometer on its performance in next year’s polls.
To show how the party was keen on clinching the seat, which fell vacant after the demise of Internal Security Assistant Minister Orwa Ojode, the premier made over ten stopovers in the expansive constituency.
Raila said his political opponents for the presidency are closely watching the performance of ODM in the Ndhiwa by-election.
“It will be a big shame if ODM loses the by-election. I am supposed to be busy campaigning areas outside my stronghold. I expect you to campaign for me in this region,” said the PM.
He, however, said the party faces some challenges in the by-election, although he did not elaborate.
Other candidates in the by-election are Tom Alila (Kanu) and Rosemary Rumo (TNA).
There was massive mobilisation by ODM, with Raila’s convoy having close to 200 vehicles.