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ODM speaks on the secret meetings between Oparanya and Ruto

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has defended its Deputy Leader Wycliffe Oparanya’s meeting with Deputy President William Ruto.

Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua who is also a close ally of Ruto had revealed that governor Oparanya’s defection from the ODM party to team up with Deputy President William Ruto had been planned for two years.

In a statement issued on Saturday, April 17, 2021 ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale confirmed that Oparanya has had meetings with Ruto but maintained that the Kakamega Governor was a loyal member of ODM party.

“Yes, it is true Oparanya has held a few meetings with Deputy President Ruto, be it in Nairobi or elsewhere. And as the great Mahatma Gandhi once said “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love,” The party stated.

Etale further explained that the Oparanya had been briefing the party leadership on every detail of his discussion with the Deputy President.

He added that the deputy party leader who had applied to be the party flag bearer in the 2020 presidential elections was not looking to jump ship as claimed by Ruto’s camp.

“Oparanya has not been on any mission of betrayal as some people may want it to look. Sometimes in politics, it is good to learn what your opponent is plotting and be able to get the best defense to counter them.

“Our ODM members and supporters should therefore not read any mischief in the said meetings that our DPL has held with the DP,” Etale stated.

The governor had hinted that the DP wanted them to form an alliance, suggesting that both United Democratic Party (UDA) and ODM could form an alliance.

“It was a chance meeting. Being a politician, the DP asked if we can work together and I told him that such a decision had to be made by the party,” Oparanya stated.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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