Embattled Lang’ata Member of Parliament Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o has claimed that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Azimio leader Raila Odinga supported him during his campaigns and even contributed to his campaign kitty.
In a TV47 interview on Friday, Jalang’o revealed that the ODM boss gave him 5 million shillings for campaigns.
“Even my campaigns could have been very hard, and I know the big role Baba played in me being a member of parliament, he supported me by not only endorsing me. But also financially, we are the few people that one day Baba told us to plan something, and he said he would come and grace it to support us in the elections, and he gave me personally Ksh 5 million,” Jalang’o revealed.
He added that clinching the seat would have been hard without the support of Raila.
A photo of Raila Odinga addressing supporters on Monday, March 27, 2023.
During the interview, the first-term MP remarked that running a campaign is not a walk in the park and that people need support, which he got from the party leader.
“It was fiery, it is not easy to beat an incumbent MP with the resources and everything,” he stated.
The MP is among the rebels who were recently kicked out of ODM for disobeying the party over their dalliance with President William Ruto.
ODM has maintained that the leaders including Jalang’o should resign and seek fresh mandate in a different political party.
But Jalang’o remarks that he has not done anything wrong and still loves the party.
“Baba knows very well, that Jalang’o is his son, baba loves me so much, but the truth is, when politics takes over even the love and betrayal, politics is a game of chance, a snowball,” he noted.
The Lang’ata MP has vowed to stay put despite the expulsion and continue working with Ruto.
ODM has blamed the rebel MPs for not taking the party’s position on issues such as the Finance Act which sailed effortlessly in parliament.
President William Ruto (in a cap) greets Lang’ata MP Phelix Odiwuor Jalang’o during the inspection of the affordable housing units in Nairobi on October 3, 2022.