A day after he was appointed to chair ODM Leader Raila Odinga’s Campaign board, Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi has said that the appointment will not deter him from defending his seat in the upcoming General Elections.
The Governor who alongside Ms Elizabeth Meyo were appointed to lead the board has said that although he has accepted the appointment, he will still be on the ballot to defend his seat on the Party of National Unity (PNU) ticket.
Meyo who is currently a consultant to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was appointed to the position of Secretary and CEO of the Board.
Muriithi said although he is being touted as a possible running mate of the ODM leader, he has never asked for the post.
The governor said his support for the DOM Leader should not be misconstrued to mean that he had joined ODM, but observed that the former Prime Minister will be seeking the presidency as a coalition partner.
Muriithi noted that his support for the former PM was well thought of and that he has his own reasons to rally behind Rail Odinga, among them being a visionary and consistent leader, urged to serve the people and many more.
The governor who spoke in Nyahururu town also dismissed Deputy President William Ruto as a person who does not understand issues affecting common Kenyans since he has been in “system” since he left school 30 years ago.
The Governor said he has never hustled since he joined the system straight from university and has been making his money through system connection.
He said he believes the ODM leader was best suited to be the next president because he understands the economic issues both in and out of government.
The Governor, recalling that in the past it was impossible for people to hold a public meeting without permission from a district commissioner, said Raila was among those who fought for the freedom of association people are enjoying today.
He urged people to disregard whatever negative was said about the ODM leader in the past saying that those are some of the dirty tricks opponents use against their rivals in politics and should not be taken seriously.