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Governor Ole Lenku, several Kajiado leaders dump Jubilee for ODM

Thursday, March 24th, 2022 14:01 | By
Kajiado Governor Ole Lenku greeting ODM national chairman John Mbadi moments after being officially welcomed into the party at Chungwa House in Nairobi on Thursday, March 24. PHOTO/File

President Uhuru Kenyatta-led Jubilee Party on Thursday suffered a major loss after Governor Ole Lenku and other leaders from Kajiado county dumped the party for sister party in Azimio la Umoja movement, ODM.

Flanked by several leaders from the Kajiado County Assembly, Governor Lenku said that they have opted to join ODM due to the change in the political wave in their region.

Speaking at Orange House where they were received by ODM party leader Raila Odinga, Lenku said that the ODM party has become the most popular party in Kajiado hence their decision.

"We have come in large numbers to show you what the ground is talking about back in Kajiado," Lenku told Raila.

Adding: "We listened to elders and the youths from Samburu, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, and Kajiado who have all told us that ODM is the party of choice."

He further noted that his decision is not meant to demean ODM's rivals within the Azimio la Umoja movement but to consolidate the movement's support within the Maa community.

"I will run for the gubernatorial seat in the coming election on ODM ticket. This decision is meant to strengthen the aspiration of the Azimio la Umoja which is to ensure Raila Odinga clinches the presidency and not to belittle anybody or party," the governor said.

Lenku's decision to join ODM has, however, been viewed as a way of evading fierce party primaries in the Jubilee Party against his main challenger David Nkedianye.

Nkedianye, a former ODM member, joined Jubilee a few weeks ago citing malice in the Raila-led party.

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