The DP has been crisscrossing the country in search of the vote and new allies and has succeeded in winning some from the Luo Nyanza region, which was initially considered harsh and impenetrable.
One of his allies from the region, Kuria West MP Mathias Robi, says that even the Nyanza region, which is seen as the turf of Ruto's leading opponent Raila Odinga, knows that the DP will win next year.
He says that as a result, there is a rush in the region as leaders and voters try to join the DP's camp so as not to miss a spot in the next government, which he believes will be formed by the Second In Command.
"The next government will be formed by UDA and Ruto at the helm. Most voters and leaders in Nyanza are aware of this and they are struggling to find a space with us which we have given with an open hand,” he told The Star on Friday.
He added that after bagging a new group of leaders like former Awendo MP Jared Kopiyo on behalf of the DP, they have embarked on doing even more to ensure that Ruto's support in the region doubles.
The lawmaker revealed that they are working with smaller regional parties to achieve this and also intend to recruit over 200,000 to the UDA party, the DP's political vehicles vehicle for next year.
The decision to embrace Ruto and abandon Raila, he claimed, is because of the former Premier's presidential losses, and that the people have decided to look elsewhere after a series of disappointments.
"Kopiyo's defection to our camp has given us momentum. We are also working closely with other like-minded smaller parties in Nyanza. We are sure we will turn the table on Raila and ODM in the region because voters are tired of backing a candidate who always loses,” he added.
Ruto is expected to tour the region this weekend. Among his biggest allies in the county is area governor Okoth Obado, who, despite being in office on the ODM ticket, has fallen out with the outfit.
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