Shun politicians who use Raila Odinga's name for selfish interests, Homa Bay voters told

Homa Bay senatorial candidate on Kanu ticket Tom Ojanga. [James Omoro, Standard]

Voters in Homa Bay County have been told to shun politicians using the name of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga to get political mileage.

In the region, most ODM politicians eyeing senatorial, parliamentary and woman representative positions in the county are counting on Raila coattails effect to win election.

Politicians allied to ODM argue that will help Raila at the national level if elected the next president.

But Homa Bay senatorial candidate on Kanu ticket Tom Ojanga, DAP-K's woman rep candidate Mary Ojode and Kanu's Karachuonyo parliamentary candidate Ken Okul said those claiming that they would help Raila are self-seekers.

Speaking at Kabunde Social Hall ground in Homa Bay Town constituency during a rally, Ojanga dismissed claims that Raila will become a weak president if some ODM candidates are not elected.

He said the narrative is aimed at hoodwinking voters to elect leaders who are not worthy.

"There is a fallacy that some politicians are going to help Raila if he is elected president. That is a lie because Raila will not need the help of politicians because he will have various government agencies like the army, police, national government administration officials and other instruments of power. He will not need the help of a politician in order to serve as a president," Ojanga said.

Mrs Ojode told voters in the county to shun politicians who want to hoodwink them in order to get their votes in next Tuesday's General Election.

She told voters to vote for politicians with leadership qualities that can transform lives in the county.

"Let residents vote wisely to ensure we get leaders who can serve the people. Voters should be wary of politicians who seek their votes using propaganda," Ojode said.

She urged residents to embrace peace before, during and after the election.

"Everyone should be aware that we still need one another after the imminent election. Let us treat one another as a brother and sister," Ojode said.

Okul called for political tolerance "for peace to prevail in our county."