Okoth Obado begins the move to oust Raila Odinga as Luo Nyanza Kingpin


Migori Governor Okoth Obado photo

Migori Governor Okoth Obado begins a campaign to remove ODM boss Raila Odinga as the foremost Luo political figure.

Obado is a close associate of Deputy President William Ruto and has had an on-off political connection with Raila Odinga. On Saturday, he challenged Raila of silencing supporters in his Nyanza bedroom.

Obado said he will start an offensive campaign to place himself as the leader of the Luo community.

For the first time, Obado, hitting for the Luo big fish, tried to face Raila in a rough weird battle ahead of next year's election.

Numerous politicians who earlier walked on a similar path failed. They include Siaya Senator James Orengo, Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyongo, former Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno and Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju.

Obado declared plans to repair the People Democratic Party, an outlay on whose ticket he won the governorship in 2013 after forsaking from ODM. He reenlisted the Orange party in the run-up to the 2017 election.

"I am ready to take over the leadership of the community from leaders whose job is to blackmail and threaten their opponents," Obado said in Uriri, his home constituency.

The county boss said it was time the community incorporated alternative leadership.

"Time has come that we must be allowed to exercise our freedom of speech without fear. We are tired of the burdens we have carried for decades, it is time for the liberation of the Luo community," Obado said.

“We were told that nobody could stop reggae, but right now it looks like a cockroach has eaten a wire in the system and the tune is not coming out properly,” he said on Saturday.

“We don’t want anything to do with the BBI, which will only add burden to Kenyans by increasing seats for elites and undermine democracy through intimidation, blackmail and coercing into submission of other leaders through arrests and court charges,” Obado said, adding that the "BBI process is misleading Kenyans."

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