Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok has shed some light on his fallout with Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga.
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In a series of tweets on the former Prime Minister's party, Governor Nanok indicated that an issue of broken trust was behind the fallout.
The Governor's sentiments were triggered by a remark posted by lawyer Donald Kipkorir on the ouster of Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi from ODM party leadership.
The lawyer posted: "Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi was introduced to national politics by Raila Odinga who made him Cabinet Minister in his 30’s. That he thinks he is a political powerhouse and can take Baba is daylight insanity. His replacement with Teddy Mwambire as ODM Chairman is only right."
Governor Nanok objected the statement, suggesting that Mr Kipkorir had spoken too soon.
The Turkana county boss went on to disclose that a number of other prominent politicians within ODM were preparing to set sail.
"Patience Don. The stampede out of ODM has just begun and a shell will remain. I was the 1st to leave and was removed from National Vice Chair in a flash. Interests drive politics so when not met, people have a choice to divorce. The winds of a paradigm shift are blowing strong all over," the Governor stated.
Nanok added: "Trust in politics is key. A deficit of it result in dissatisfaction. ODM can no longer be TRUSTED to keep loyal friends and coalition partners. In Turkana, I build brand Raila from scratch; that’s why he pocketed the presidential votes in 2013 and 2017. Don is spreading the untruth.."
Governor Nanok was kicked out of ODM party leadership where he was party vice chairman due to his declared intent "not to be outside government".
The governor was immediately replaced by an MP from his county, Loima MP Jeremiah Lomorukai in a ceremony attended by Mr Odinga himself.
"Following numerous public pronouncements that he has quit the ODM Party, the NEC has unanimously resolved to replace Josphat Nanok as the party Vice Chairman with Loima MP Jeremiah Lomorukai. He was welcomed to the NEC by the party leader Raila Odinga," a statement from ODM read.
The Orange party, seemingly took the action in a mission to tame rebellion among its luminaries who have expressed support for Deputy President William Ruto.
During a three-day tour of Turkana by the DP, Governor Nanok openly declared that he would rally together a number of Rift Valley leaders to support Dr Ruto's 2022 presidency bid.
"As 14 governors from Rift Valley, we are working on a plan to fully support the Deputy President and form the next government because the whole country is focusing on Rift Valley to produce the next president.
"As Turkana people, we want to be part of that government. I will not accept to be outside government again," he stated.
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