The favorite to succeed Raila as Luo Nyanza leader is Babu Owino

Image: Politician Babu Owino

A recent survey conducted by the Consortium of Researchers on Governance (CoRG AFRICA LIMITED) sheds light on the potential successors to ODM leader Raila Odinga in the Luo Nyanza region.

According to the survey on public policy and governance in the Nyanza region, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino emerges as the top choice to succeed Raila Odinga, with 51.8 per cent of respondents supporting him.

Following Babu Owino, Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga garnered 11.6 per cent support, while ODM National Chairman John Mbadi received 10.3 per cent. National Assembly Minority Leader and Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi followed closely with 9.8 per cent, and Home Affairs Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo secured 5.2 per cent. However, 11.3 per cent of respondents remained undecided.

Regarding Raila Odinga’s potential retirement from local politics if successful in his bid for the African Union Commission (AUC) chairmanship, 41.6 per cent of respondents believe he should continue to serve as their leader. On the other hand, 27.4 per cent feel he should retire from politics, while 31 per cent are yet to decide.

In the Kisii Nyanza region, Kisii Government MP Simba Arati was voted as the best candidate to lead with 67.4 per cent support, followed by Mugirango South MP Sylvanus Osoro with 10.8 per cent, and Kitutu Chache North MP Anthony Kibagendi with 6.5 per cent, while 15.3 per cent remained undecided.

Regarding awareness of the implementation of promises made by Nyanza region governors, Governor Gladys Wanga was rated highest at 68.3 per cent, followed by the Migori Governor with 61.1 per cent, and Governor Simba Arati with 60.9 per cent.

Kisii Senator Richard Onyonka was rated as the most vocal Senator from the region in exercising his oversight role in the Senate, with 65.1 per cent approval, followed by Okong’o Omogeni of Nyamira with 59.8 per cent, and Moses Kajwang of Homa Bay with 57.5 per cent.

In terms of project implementation and representation by county women representatives, Fatuma Mohamed of Migori County received a rating of 73.2 per cent, followed by Kisii Woman Rep Dorice Donya with 70.8 per cent, while Ruth Odinga of Kisumu County came third with a rating of 66.7 per cent.

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