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Obado campaigns for wife, Ruto in last Migori function

Urges residents not to shame him by not voting for the two candidates.

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• While calling on voters to support his wife, Obado said she has been his right-hand person.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado in Migori town on Tuesday
Migori Governor Okoth Obado in Migori town on Tuesday
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Migori Governor Okoth Obado has used his last official function to beg voters in the county to back Deputy President William Ruto's presidential bid.

He also asked residents to support his wife Helen, who is seeking the woman representative seat as an independent candidate.

The governor, who is Ruto’s Nyanza region pointman, said Migori should not shame him by not voting for the two candidates.

“This may be my last public function to engage the public, so I want to finish off what is on my chest. After next week I’ll be free and have plenty of time to do other things,” Obado said.

He was speaking in Migori town when he launched the Community Workers Services Act of 2022. The event was organised by the Ministry of Health.

The Act will ensure community health workers get Sh3,000 monthly stipends.

Central Kamagambo MCA Maende Ogweno urged voters to back Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga and Migori Senator Ochillo Ayacko, who is seeking governorship on ODM ticket. His call made the crowd uncomfortable.

“My MCA forgot that I'm the coordinator of another team. He has a democratic path but I will push my agenda as this may be my last function as governor. From next week someone will take over as I head for jua kali, so I’ll speak,” Obado said.

“Don’t let me walk alone with Ruto. Just give me some votes. If you go to watch a soccer match and only one team is playing, that will be a boring match.” 

While calling on voters to support his wife, Obado said she has been his right-hand person.

“There is someone who sent me here. She is my wife. I ask you to please elect her as the Woman Rep. Please ensure she doesn’t lose. If she loses, I will be ashamed,” Obado said.

“I know my wife can do the job properly. She will be with you closely, especially on aspects of public participation.”

He told the gathering to be keen to pick the next governor who would continue with his legacy.

Obado also asked for forgiveness from anybody he may have wronged over the past decade he has been governor.

“I want to go to retirement a peaceful man. I want us to grow and move faster, please forgive me,” he said.

Edited by A.N

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