Migori County politics are one of the messy ones in the Nyanza region, with Okoth Obado, the sitting governor chest-thumping against ODM Party leader Raila Odinga.
Obado who is on his final term has been on record speaking against an Odinga presidency adding that he is supporting his competitor, William Ruto. Ultimately, he is DP Ruto’s campaign coordinator in the region.
The move has ignited mixed reactions from people in Luo Nyanza, with a good number castigating him for going against his people while others applauded him for standing up for his own interests.
Notably, Okoth Obado’s wife, Hellen Odhiambo Odie is seeking an elective post in the August 9 elections. Hellen wants to be the Migori Woman Representative.
In the latest political antics, Hellen has dropped her husband’s name from her campaign posters and declared her support for Azimio-led Raila Odinga for the presidency.
Speaking after seeking clearance from the IEBC, Hellen said she should not be linked to her husband’s failures as she is seeking a totally different elective post.
“Mr Odinga is vying for President while I’m seeking the woman rep seat, but he has my vote. That bit I know,” she said.
She added, “Obado sought the voters’ mandate as a governor, but for me, I am seeking my votes as a woman representative and I will be campaigning as an individual. On the ballot paper, I will use Helen Adhiambo Odie as my official name.”
The move has left social media users in stitches, terming it a tomfoolery aimed to hoodwink voters. Come to think of it, the Obado family is currently embroiled in corruption scandals that are yet to be determined. The wife, husband and children have been charged with embezzling county funds.
Also, Hellen is still married to Obado who has made it his job to oppose Raila Odinga and pledge support to Ruto, his strongest competitor. This thus makes no sense to have the wife pledge support to some other presidential candidate while the husband is on another team.
Here are some reactions from Twitter:
Ouko, that is not how democracies are built. That is what dictators like RUTO are doing in Rift Valley. Raila himself allows the likes of Obado to live. I believe you know Tim Wanyonyi is the brother of UDAngula. He has never been to FORD Kenya! https://t.co/eKNuos9OSA
— wamukota naasaba (@WamukotaN) June 3, 2022
Governor Obado's wife is vying for Migori Woman Rep. She's dropped Obado's name from her campaign materials and has asked voters to call her Hellen Adhiambo Odie. She says she'll vote for Azimio and Migori voters shouldn't listen to her husband. Betting people call it goal-goal.
— Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) June 3, 2022
I hear Hellen Obado, the other half of Zachary Obado,is a candidate in this position of Migori Women Rep. Her other name in this poll is others. pic.twitter.com/ccGiz5hUVY
— Joel Ogwe (@JoelOduor) May 30, 2022
Obado is so unpopular that his wife has dropped his name because in Migori County the only thing voters can give Obado is bad things😂 Ruto hopes Obado will deliver Nyanza to him alafu tukisema Baba will beat jambazi with 60% wanalia ati tunadanganya😂😂😂
— YANO (@_Yanoh) June 3, 2022
Obado must be going through alot. Imagine his wife has dropped his name Hellen Obado and renamed Herself Hellen Odie. She had earlier dismissed the Ruto nonsense in migori and urged people not to associate her with Obado in any group. Siasa imeharibu ndoa.
We blame it on Ruto!
— Charles Ocham (@OchamCharles1) June 3, 2022