ODM leader Raila Odinga had to be forced out of his car in Lodwar after an enthusiastic crowd blocked the AU Envoy’s convoy from the airstrip, to demand he addresses them. Raila is in the county for the annual Turkana Tourism and Cultural Festival, Tobong’u Lore. The visit comes barely two months after Governor Josephat Nanok, who was also the National ODM Vice Chair ditched the Orange Party and vowed to support DP William Ruto in 2022. Hours before Odinga’s arrival, DP William Ruto was in the county and had to make an early exit.
Turkana County has been an ODM base for years and has always rallied behind Raila Odinga since 2007. It is for this reason that DP William Ruto and his strategists earmarked the county and try pulling the rug under Raila’s feet. The DP has made five trips to Turkana over the last two months alone, trips which are intended to pitch tent for his 2022 bid.
Turkana Governor Nanok after defecting to DP Ruto’s camp has since been seen as firing salvos at Raila Odinga and the former premier’s push to have the constitution amended.
“I don’t want to be governor by having the constitution changed. We must pave way for other people to lead. Those telling us about constitutional changes should spare us,” he said last month.
“We don’t want a scenario where Turkana will be no more. That we are being told that we either operate from Eldoret or Nakuru. We have 14 governors in Rift Valley and we shall speak in one voice. We must bring presidency home,” he would add.
When it became apparent that Governor Nanok had broken ranks with the ODM Party, he was immediately replaced by Loima MP Jeremiah Lomorukai as the party’s Vice Chair.
” Following numerous public pronouncements that he has quit the ODM party, the NEC has unanimously resolved to replace Governor Josphat Nanok as the party vice chairman with Loima MP Hon Jeremiah Lomorukai. He was welcomed to the NEC by the PL [party leader],” ODM Party said in a tweet on June 28th.