|Kipsigis elders have endorsed Mr Benjamin Langat, a brother of former Ainamoi MP David Kimutai arap Too, to vie for the seat in the by-election.
The 50 elders drawn from the constituency met at Chepkoiyo, rural home of the former MP, and declared that Mr Langat was the right leader to replace his brother who was gunned down by a traffic police officer in Eldoret Town a month ago.
They conducted some Kipsigis ceremonies to anoint Mr Langat.
The elders, led by Mr Paul Chumo, 90, appealed to would-be aspirants for the seat to step down and back Mr Langat.
The occasion was attended by among others councillors Julius Langat and Eunia Aoko Cheruiyot and politicians Steve Langat, Jonathan Ruto and Paul Ngetich.
They said Mr Langat (Benjamin) was a visionary leader who would steer Ainamoi to greater heights of prosperity.
They dismissed reports carried in a section of the Press recently that Eldoret North William Ruto, who is a member of ODM Pentagon, as having imposed Mr Langat on the Ainamoi people.
Others who have shown interest in the seat include MicroLand chief executive officer David Kitur, Lieutenant-General (rtd) John Koech, Mr Joseph Too, Mr Andrew Maritim, Dr Paul Chepkwony, Mrs Anna Kibet, among others.
The seat is yet to be declared vacant by Speaker Kenneth Marende.