How DP Ruto unsuccessfully wooed loser ODM Governor for 5 years

He refused to budge but lost in August

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Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO: DAILYPOST

Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday, October 11, revealed how he endured never-ending rejections by former Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye.

“It started in 2012, when we were crafting a team for Jubilee, but after several attempts, it didn’t work,” Ruto said at Nkedianye’s rural home in Old Kitengela.

David Nkedianye
Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye. PHOTO: TUKO

According to the the DO, Nkedianye and Kajiado West ODM politician Joseph ole Simel’s camp refused to join Jubilee.

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Ruto says he didn’t give up and continued with his push in the run up to the August 2017 poll but his efforts proved futile once again. The Nkedianye team stuck with the National Super Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

But yesterday, Nkedianye finally dumped the Opposition and pledged to support his successor, Joseph ole Lenku and also withdrew his petition against the latter.

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Ruto revealed the journey that culminated in Nkedianye’s defection was initiated by Lenku, who launched a massive hunt for members of the Orange party to join Jubilee.

Zipo.co.ke has learnt that Lenku’s inclusion of two ODM members in his County Executive Committee and the defection of all ODM MP aspirants paved the way for Nkedianye’s final defection.

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“We have agreed to work together. We support Lenku’s politics of unity. We are now in Jubilee.” Nkedianye who finished second during the August poll said.

When filing the aforementioned petition against the victor Lenku, Nkedinaye had said Kajiado was among the counties with “computer-generated” leaders as put by Raila Odinga.