Governor Nyoro’s advisor Gakuyo to ditch Jubilee for ODM

Saturday, November 14th, 2020 09:17 | By
Controversial televangelist David Kariuki, who is popularly known as Gakuyo. PHOTO/File
Controversial televangelist David Kariuki, who is popularly known as Gakuyo. PHOTO/Print

Njange Maina and Oliver Musembi

Kiambu Governor James Nyoro’s political advisor and point man Rev David Ngari says he is set to quit Jubilee and seek an elective position on an Orange Democratic Party (ODM) ticket in the next general elections.

Ngari popularly known as Gakuyo said has already started a campaign to popularize Raila Odinga’s political party in Kiambu and the Central Kenya region at large in the run up to the 2022 polls.

ODM officials led by the county Secretary Charles Mbugua and Treasurer Andrew Wanjukira welcomed Rev Ngari to the party during a meeting at the Mary Immaculate Catholic Church hall in Muchatha, Kiambaa constituency.

“We shall go all out to strengthen the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila as we popularize ODM in this region and I am ready to hold any position in the party. I am also going to seek its ticket for a political seat that I am yet to declare,” Ngari said.

At the same time, the preacher-cum politician who is the presiding Bishop of Calvary Chosen Center in Thika said the time is now right for Raila to lead the country and asked Deputy President William Ruto to shelve his ambitions to vie for the top job.

“History has shown us that no one has ever become President without first being in the opposition and a good example is that of retired President Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. Ruto should be ready to join the opposition and wait for his turn,” he said.

He added: “Raila has been in the opposition for the longest time and was the one who declared ‘Kibaki Tosha’ and now the time has come for us to pay his debt. His star is now shining and I have a vision that he will be the next President.

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On the Building Bridges Initiative(BBI) debate, Rev Ngari said the church should lead the way in educating and enlightening the public on the document. “The church has no boundaries and the clergy are better placed to champion its cause,” he said.

In another development, Gakuyo said were it not for Nyoro 'shielding him', he would have been 'finished' by former Governor William Kabogo.

"I thank God that Governor Nyoro put me under his wings and President Kenyatta also helped to save me from that man who is always dreaming about how to finish Gakuyo," he said in reference to the tribulations he went through when his Ekeza Sacco was put under receivership for failing to pay depositors.

Additional Reporting by Njange Maina

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