Migori Governor Okoth Obado has failed to turn up to a meeting where he had been invited by Orange Democratic Movement party officials at Chungwa House.
Obado was to appear before ODM officials on Thursday, October 15, for a reconciliatory talk after the impeachment against him flopped.
The governor told the Nation that he received a short notice for the meeting but has since communicated with the party and asked for the meeting to be rescheduled.
“The invite was a bit urgent and I had other engagements. This should not be viewed as an act of defiance, and I have since communicated to the party,” Obado stated.
The governor is, however, optimistic that he and the party would solve the outstanding issues amicably pleading with the ODM officials not to view his failure to show up at Chungwa House as an act of defiance.
He also recognized the need for dialogue as “the only way for better management of government affairs.”
“This should not be viewed as an act of defiance. The invite was a bit urgent when I had other engagements, but I have addressed this with the party.”
Last week, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna stated that Obado had reached out to the party and indicated that he would address concerns on service delivery that had been raised.
The embattled governor also declared his undying support for Odinga and the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), dispelling rumours that he has joined Deputy President William Ruto’s camp.
“Baba, what has been peddled to you against me is utter falsehood and rumors meant to create a rift.
“Migori is the bedrock of ODM and nobody should try to antagonise me with the party. Internal wars are, however, everywhere but we commit to address them. We want Jakom (Mr Odinga) to fight big wars and we are committed to help him in that. For the local battles, we will sort them out ourselves,” said the governor.
“My support for the BBI and your presidential bid has been unwavering. We are all seeking to go to Canaan,” Obado stated.
Raila had also indicated that he steer a handshake between Obado and Migori Senator Ochillo Ayacko and solve the Migori stalemate as the BBI was out to enhance unity and cohesion.
Obado’s impeachment motion has failed to take off four times, with the County Assembly postponing the debate.