Kalonzo Musyoka gifts Raila Odinga a million votes

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka campaigns for Raila Odinga in Kitui West.[Dennis Kavisu]

Kivusyu, who is slated to be nominated to the National Assembly if Wiper numbers add up, says they expect Raila to keep his part of the bargain.

Of the three Ukambani counties, Raila reaped the most in Machakos County where he got 305,393 votes against Ruto's 101,437.

In Kalonzo's Kitui County, Raila got 235,405 votes against Ruto's 89,420 while in Makueni, the Azimio leader got 229,187 against Ruto's 59,331.

Incidentally, it is in Kitui where voters were most generous with Ruto. In Kitui Central, for instance, he garnered 16,820 votes, going neck and neck with Raila in some wards.

Makueni was the meanest to Ruto despite him making serious inroads over the campaign period.

Overall, the cosmopolitan Mavoko Constituency, which neighbours Nairobi gave Ruto the biggest chunk of votes from Ukambani - 22,051 while Kathiani, also in Machakos, gave him the least- 6,624.

UDA chairman Johnson Muthama also campaigned for Ruto vigorously.

Machakos Town and Mbooni constituencies gave Raila the most votes of all Ukambani counties, posting 50,000 votes each for the Azimio leader.

Before he was dropped for Martha Karua, the Wiper leader had claimed that his voting base would rebel if he was not Raila's running mate.

"If I am not picked, it's obvious that all the votes due unto me may troop to Ruto's direction. Is that what they want? It's rather obvious," he said.

He said the moment Raila sidestepped him, "it will be clear that some forces are determined to botch his (the ODM leader's) presidential ticket." He said if this happened, Raila may never become president.

Deputy President William Ruto at Kimutwa town, Machakos County. [Beverlyne Musili]

"Either the devils are walking among them or they do not want him to become president. The moment they don't pick me, it will confirm to me that some people do not want Raila to become president," Kalonzo told Athiani radio station in early May.

He later "moved on", after a brief announcement of a solo political journey, and hit the road to campaign for the Raila-Karua ticket.