Suba South MP John Mbadi has quit the race to be the second Governor of Homa Bay County.
In a statement on Monday, the MP said the reports that have been going round on social media that he has quit the race are factual adding that he had to make the tough decision for the sake of his party.
He said all his efforts are now channelled towards ensuring ODM leader Raila Odinga wins the presidency in the August 9, polls.
"First, let me say over the past 24hours or so there has been much information going round regarding my gubernatorial candidature and many in your thousands have been reaching out to me for clarification."
He added: "In the interest of these, I have today withdrawn my bid from the Homabay County gubernatorial race. I will therefore henceforth place more effort in the Azimio presidential bid and the nationwide bid to have ODM secure as many seats as possible...tasks that I am sure I can positively add value to".
He went on to express his commitment to the ODM party saying he is still supporting the ODM party national agenda.
He said his love for the ODM party made it possible for him to arrive at the decision, though difficult.
"What has however made it doable is my unquestioned commitment to the ODM national agenda, the quest for national growth and stability and of course my unwavering support to the RT Hon. Raila Odinga's presidential bid," he said.
He went on to thank his supporters for relentlessly supporting him in his ambition to be the next governor of Homa bay county.
He however did not disclose who he will be supporting for the governor race or the seat he will bevying for.
This comes at a time when Homa Bay woman MP Gladys Wanga is intensifying campaign to be elected as the second governor.
The woman MP is being billed as a favourite for the seat.