Midiwo to back Oduol in Siaya governor bid
He apologises for campaigning against Oduol in 2013, vicious battle ahead
Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo has reconciled with politician William Oduol and indicated he will support Oduol’s bid for Siaya governor.
Midiwo said he was sorry for the aggressive campaign against Oduol, who he said was the darling of the electorate in the 2013 election campaign.
In the campaigns, elected leaders branded Oduol with offensive epithets to ensure Governor Cornel Rasanga won the polls, but the incumbent has disappointed residents, he said.
“I do not have any problems with Oduol and I have gone on radio to publicly apologise,” Midiwo said.
The MP, who was with Oduol, spoke to residents on Friday last week at Gendro Secondary School, Alego/Usonga constituency, during a funds drive.
Midiwo said despite elected leaders campaigning against Oduol in 2013, Rasanga only managed to defeat Oduol by 3,000 votes. He said Siaya Senator James Orengo, MPs Nicholas Gumbo (Rarieda and Dave Ochieng (Ugenya) have supported Rasanga and campaigned against Oduol in 2013.
“Oduol is a tough candidate to defeat, even in my Gem constituency,” he said.
The legislator said the race for Siaya governor is going to tilt unexpectedly in December, as elected leaders will not support Rasanga’s reelection. Oduol said he is sure he will win, following Midiwo’s endorsement.
“If Otada (Midiwo) has already endorsed my candidature and we are in one camp, who are you to oppose it?” Oduol asked.
He warned Rasanga to brace for a tactical campaign and a vicious duel.
Oduol urged residents to vote for a leader who has their interests at heart.
He dismissed as propaganda claims that he wants the governor’s post to be won by someone from a different constituency. Oduol and Rasanga both come from Alego.
Oduol said if he had not stood up against nominated MP Oburu Oginga, the governor’s seat would currently be in Bondo, where Oginga comes from, and not in Alego where Rasanga hails from. He said Rasanga had opted to be Oginga’s running mate.