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Migori governor Okoth Obado, shunned by his ODM party, has warmed up to Deputy President William Ruto with plans to host the latter on Monday. Ruto will be in the county to launch a series of road projects in his debut visit to Migori and the neighbouring Homa Bay county.

“We are set to receive the DP on Monday as he embarks on a development tour of the county,” Obado’s director of communications Nicholas Anyuor said in a statement. Obado is likely to seize the opportunity during the visit to make political alignments with the DP who is keen on making inroads in Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s backyard.

The visit comes barely a month after the Senate by-election. Ruto was said to be fronting the Federal Party of Kenya’s Eddy Oketch who came second to ODM’s Ochillo Ayacko. Obado asked his supporters to vote for Oketch. The election took place when he was away in custody over the murder of his girlfriend Sharon Otieno and her unborn baby. He is out on Sh5 million cash bail.

The governor has urged Migori residents to turn put in large numbers to welcome the deputy president. This will be the second time he will be appearing at a public rally after his release. Last Wednesday, the county boss held rallies at Nyabisawa and Masara centers to prepare the ground ahead of Ruto’s visit.

Charged political statements are likely to play out at during Monday’s visit.

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