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Raila Odinga bars Governor Obado from podium

By Harold Odhiambo | February 8th 2021



Migori Governor Okoth Obado was treated to a moment of shame when ODM leader Raila Odinga barred him from sitting at the podium with panellists in the ongoing ODM meeting at Ciala Resort.

Obado was forced to sit with other participants in the crowd after his entry.

Obado had shown up when Raila was delivering his opening remarks, headed straight to the podium where other governors and leaders were sitting.

Raila quickly told him to sit with the rest of the leaders and delegates, barring him from sitting at the podium with leaders governors Anyang' Nyong'o '(Kisumu), Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Senator James Orengo and Homa Bay woman rep Gladys Wanga.

"Dhi ibed piny (Go and sit down), " said Raila as a section of the crowd giggled.

A screengrab from a video in which ODM's Raila Odinga bars Migori Governor from sitting at the podium.

After the incident, Migori County Assembly Speaker Boaz Okoth also received a cold reception and was heckled by a section of the delegates.

The meeting was called by Raila to consolidate support for BBI by ODM camp as he seeks to cement support for the Building Bridges Initiative.

The meeting at Ciala resort has attracted hundreds of ODM leaders and delegates across the country.

In his opening remarks, Raila emphasized the need for the region to back the quest to change the construction.

Raila has also moved to strengthen his party by dismissing independents who are plotting an onslaught against the Orange party in the 2022 polls.

Speakers at the event including, governor Anyang' Nyong'o', woman rep Rosa Buyu, nominated Senator Denita Ghati, as well as a host of MCAs, have said they are fully behind BBI.

For the Nyanza region, they claim, BBI is not a matter of whether the region should back the process or not but it is compulsory for the region because of the fruits it promises.

The leaders attending the meeting include all Luo Nyanza governors, several MPs, senators, woman reps and MCAs.

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