Nyamira Governor Amos Nyaribo who is the only governor elected on the Amani National Congress (ANC) party led by Musalia Mudavadi has officially joined Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja camp ahead of the August 2022 General Election.
Governor Nyaribo, his deputy James Gesami, and Nyamira Woman Representative Jerusha Momanyi have all shifted their allegiance to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader.
Speaking in Nyamira on Monday, January 17, Momanyi who was elected on a Jubilee party ticket said that her move is based on the popularity of Raila Odinga-led Azimio la Umoja Movement in the county.
“We are in Azimio now since we have established where we need to be going as a country,” Momanyi said.
“Even as we battle for these positions, let us maintain peace and remember positions will come and go, but we will remain Kenyans,” the Nyamira Woman Rep added.
The defection of the governor comes less than three days after hosting his ANC party leader who was on a tour of the Nyamira County on Sunday, January, 16.
During his tour, Musalia Mudavadi had revealed plans of making Amos Nyaribo the Deputy Party leader of ANC which was to be confirmed in the upcoming National Delegates Conference on Sunday, January 23.
“As a way of appreciating what your governor is doing, we are in discussions to have Nyaribo as the ANC deputy party leader, who will help in moving the party agendas,” Madavadi said in Nyamira.
On his part, Governor Nyaribo had cautioned ANC against forming an alliance with Deputy President William Ruto saying such a move will make him decline the party’s proposal for the deputy party leader’s position.
Nyaribo’s move to defect ANC is a blow to the party and to the presidential bid of its leader Musalia Mudavadi who is expected to make an important statement during the party NDC meeting.