Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has announced that he will not vie for the coveted chairmanship of the Council of Governors in the council elections slated for January 29.

Kibwana says he wants to channel all his energies to his presidential bid in the 2022 general election as he seeks the backing of Kongamano La Mageuzi ( KLM) for the top seat after falling out with his Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

"I will not be a candidate for Council of Governors elections. As a 2022 presidential candidate, I have been advised by my team that serving in the next CoG executive can constitute a conflict of interest," Kibwana announced on Tuesday.

He instead thanked his fellow governors in the council for electing him to serve as Chief Whip.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, who was elected in February 2020, is serving his second and final term in office and those interested in the seat will pick up from him.

The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) politics will play out during the poll with handshake partners President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga set to back a governor who backs BBI.

Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. PHOTO/COURTESY

Deputy President William Ruto, on the other hand, is set to flex his muscles during the election by backing a county boss opposed to BBI as he sets his eyes on the presidency come 2022.

The CoG chair post is the link between the Executive and the 47 county governments and the voice of the ‘presidents’ of the devolved units and comes with its fair share of lucrative perks.