Deputy President William Ruto has changed his mind on partnering with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and now wants its leader, Governor Okoth Obado to fold the outfit and join his United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
After declaring in July this year he will run for the country’s top seat in 2022 using the PDP ticket upon completion of his term as Migori county boss, Obado hosted the deputy president in his county two weeks ago and announced he will now back Ruto for the top seat next year.
However, less than a month after the visit, DP Ruto and his allies have held several meetings with the Migori governor demanding he dissolve PDP and supports the DP while in UDA, which has a national outlook.
Confirming this latest move by UDA, Kuria West MP Mathias Robi who is a close ally of the DP Ruto told a local publication they have asked Obado to ditch his village party in their effort to have all politicians from the entire Nyanza region supporting Ruto join the wheelbarrow party.
”We have seen tension around aspirants’ and delegates’ lists, around seats and mobilisation. We know apart from a few supporters in sections of Migori, PDP lacks a national outlook. We are working on all Tangatanga forces to join UDA in Nyanza,” Robi said.
”We have aspirants and candidates in Luo Nyanza and we are even facing nomination headaches. UDA will contest seats where PDP doesn’t even have a candidate. To push through, we need to focus on one group,” he added.
Even though he is outgoing and on the final term as governor, sources from Migori indicate Obado may be going for the Uriri MP seat in 2022 via the PDP ticket, and the calls for him to join UDA will not yield much.