It all begun when Governor Obado stated that he will ditch Raila’s ODM party to rally behind PDP in the coming general election. While addressing a crowd in his Migori County about a week ago Obado claimed that it is time for the Luo Nyanza region to have alternative parties rather than put all their eggs in one basket.
He gave an example of the Eastern part of Kenya Counties like Machakos, Kitui, and Makueni where all the governors there are leaders of their own parties despite the fact that they are also having a Kingpin (Kalonzo).
This move against ODM by Obado seems to have rubbed the Luo elders the wrong way and on April 12, 2021 they called for a presser to denounce Governor Obado.
A section of Luo elders from Migori and Homa-Bay counties stated that Governor Obado was going against the Luo unity by attempting to go against the ODM leader Raila Odinga.
“We the council of elders support Raila Odinga for working hard in ensuring peace in the country, realization of devolution and bringing BBI. We wish to reiterate and denounce any external force creating disunity among us as a community. Our unity has always been our strength and this has been championed by our patron Raila Odinga. Now that Honorable Obado has abandoned our unity we demand that Governor Awiti should take the mantle and rally our people behind Raila,” read the statement in part.
Luo Nyanza region has always voted as a unified voting bloc for a very long time and perhaps that’s the reason why Obado’s plan to walkout of ODM and forge his own political career through PDP has now become a concern to the Luo elders.
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