Governor Okoth Obado family now blames ODM for his woes


Governor Okoth Obado family now blames ODM for his woes
Migori Governor Okoth Obado at the Kibra Law Courts on Thursday, November 15, 2018. PHOTO| DPP | TWITTER

In Summary

  • Obado’s kin, led by his brother Daudi  Obado, say the frequent arrests of the county chief are politically instigated, adding that they are aware of political leaders within ODM party who are out to frustrate him.
  • According to them, the governor’s woes began in 2013 when he contested for the ODM party ticket but was “denied,” forcing him to vie on a PDP ticket instead.
  • Daudi Obado further threatened that they would rebel against the ODM party if the troubles of the county boss do not come to an end soon.

Family members of embattled Migori County Governor Okoth Obado have blamed the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party for his tribulations.

Obado’s kin, led by his brother Daudi  Obado, say the frequent arrests of the county chief are politically instigated, adding that they are aware of political leaders within ODM party who are out to frustrate him.

According to them, the governor’s woes began in 2013 when he contested for the ODM party ticket but was “denied,” forcing him to vie on a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket instead.

Daudi Obado further threatened that they would rebel against the ODM party if the troubles of the county boss do not come to an end soon.

“In 2013, the same Obado contested for the seat of governor in Migori… when the nominations were just approaching, his name was removed from the register,” said Mr. Obado.

“Eventually, these same pretenders of ODM could not campaign for their candidate… they instead campaigned for an independent candidate. So why is it Obado always?”

His sentiments were echoed by yet another kin, Samwel Odhiambo, who claimed the arrest of Mr. Obado are meant to intimidate him, adding that they will not “sit back and watch their son subjected to frequent harassment.”

“As a family, we are sad that he (Obado) has not been given an opportunity to work. Everyday he is arrested over different cases… yet all these cases do not have grounds. And so we are not happy… and we are appealing to politicians to let Obado work,” said Mr. Odhiambo.

Obado was arrested on Wednesday after 8 guns were found during a raid on his homes in Migori and Nairobi by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The Migori County boss still also has a pending case in which he is accused of murdering Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and her unborn baby.

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