A member of Deputy President William Ruto’s inner circles has revealed new details on the talks between DP Ruto and Raila Odinga’s deputy, Wycliffe Oparanya and what pushed the Kakamega governor to meet the second in command.
According to Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok who is a close ally of DP Ruto and who is privy to the details, the talks began a year ago and were conducted in secrecy, away from the prying media.
The Turkana county boss who broke ranks with Odinga divulged that the talks are about to end and what the public witnessed last week when the Kakamega governor met DP Ruto in Maasai Mara was just the end of a process that began a year ago.
Commenting on the meeting that sent tongues wagging, Nanok told Nation that the talks are coming to an end without divulging whether they would see Raila team up with DP Ruto or Oparanya crossing over to the Tanga Tanga brigade.
“This is just the end of the dialogue and discussion and that in no way says there is a coalition with Raila Odinga,” he said.
“They have not had such talks. There is no coalition with Raila Odinga.” He curtly said.
He revealed that Oparanya may have been driven into the talks by the rapidly-evolving political landscape that has seen new alliances emerge.
“I believe that what is driving Oparanya and other leaders is also shifting alliances and interests. This is the period of transfers,” he said.
A day after what he termed as “chance meeting with DP Ruto”, the LKakamega governor went to Odinga’s Karen home to update the ODM party leader.
Reports indicate that he was given the go-ahead to continue engaging with DP Ruto as the possibility of an alliance became the talk of the day.