ODM party National Chairman John Mbadi has told the Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate Deputy President William Ruto that he is free to tour and campaign in Nyanza region.
Mbadi says the utterances by Ruto that Raila Odinga, the Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate had blocked him from campaigning in the region is false.
He accused Ruto of dividing Nyanza while campaigning in the counties of Kisii, Nyamira and parts of Migori (Kuria) while neglecting other areas.
“I saw his campaign schedule and the counties of Luo Nyanza were missing,” he said.
He noted that the region is free to accommodate any presidential candidate noting that the Roots party leader George Wacjakoya also visited Kisumu.
However, Mbadi says the people of Nyanza region have decided to vote for Raila but will just listen to Ruto.
Speaking in Kisumu West Constituency when he drummed up support to the ODM nominee Rosa Buyu ahead of the polls, Mbadi says Raila was in the stronghold area of Ruto in Eldoret and nobody stops Ruto from visiting Nyanza.
“Within this remaining period, if he wished to come to any part of the region, he is welcomed,” he said.
But he added that his coming to Nyanza region is a waste of time and resources.
Buyu who is keen to dethrone the current MP Olago Aluoch of MDG party said the people of Nyanza region are very democratic and will listen to anybody who is ready to sell their manifesto.
“Don’t tell us that somebody has locked Nyanza region, come to us, talk to us, but know that our votes belong to Raila,” she said.
The last time Ruto visited Kisumu was in November last year where his motorcade was stoned at Kondele.