ODM Pressured to Expel Turkana Governor Jeremiah Napotikan Over Ruto Links


The Orange Democratic Movement has received a letter requesting its top organ to expel Turkana Governor Jeremiah Napotikan Lomorukai over his links to President William Ruto. 

Gad Aguko, a private citizen, in a letter dated October 18 sent to the party through his lawyer Abdikadir Osman condemned the Governor for his remarks during the Turkana Cultural Festival where he boldly proclaimed that he had decamped to UDA.

According to Aguko, the statements by the governor were made with the intention of exposing both the ODM party and its leader Raila Odinga to ridicule and embarrassment.

Photo of Raila Odinga attending Professor George Magoha’s funeral in January 2023

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Brian Amwai

“His said actions and utterances amount not only to a total disregard for Article 136(2) as read with 142 of the Constitution of Kenya on presidential term limits but also blatant and arrogant violations of the Party Constitution,” he stated.

According to Aguko , the Governor’s name should be deregistered from the party members register and further disciplinary action be taken against him.

“In this event, and should the 7-day notice period lapse without any action from your respective offices, this letter shall serve as the official complaint against the said individuals as envisioned under Article 8.4.1 of the Orange Democratic Movement party Constitution the same having been served upon the Disciplinary Committee.”

The embattled Governor had initially pledged to support President William Ruto’s 2027 presidential bid. 

Speaking during the official opening of the Turkana Cultural and Tourism Festival in Lodwar town on October 12, the Governor who was elected on the ODM party ticket, also pledged to rally six sub-counties in Turkana County to back the President in the next general election.

“I want to assure you that I will deliver the Turkana vote basket to you. There is no bargain about that. I will deliver for you the six sub-counties,” the Governor said.

“I am elected by Turkana County people. Those who are making threats that the Turkana Governor is working with the President, who told them that is a crime?”

Last week on Friday chaos rocked Raila’s event at the Turkana Cultural Festival after a section of Jubilee Party MCA leaders confronted him.

Raila was the chief guest at the cultural festival when a section of the attendees began to boo the county lawmakers criticizing the ODM boss.

His security whisked him to a safer area outside the venue, where he addressed the constituents. 

The leaders had claimed that Odinga had neglected the community in key appointments, further faulting him on the nomination of Winnie Odinga to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). 

Photo of Raila Odinga in Lodwar at the Tobunglore festivals on October 13, 2023

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Raila Odinga





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