Jalang’o reveals why he ditched Raila for Ruto
Lang’ata lawmaker Felix Odiquor aka Jalang’o has shared his ambition to ‘one day’ be the President of Kenya.
Jalang’o, a renowned media personality, has also opened up on his decision to dump Azimio leader Raila Odinga for President William Ruto, a few months after he was elected on Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.
“I went to (President) Ruto for advice on how to win elections,” explained Jalang’o in an online interview.
“You know the President has never ever lost in an election so there is a lot to learn from him because he always wins whether he does it by stealing or any other means. I am now picking useful tips with the aim of becoming the first person from my community to become the President of Kenya. One day you will remember me as that young man from Gem constituency who became the President of Kenya.”
Jalang’o’s decision to ditch Mr Odinga for President Ruto has cost him his status within ODM as he has since been barred from the political outfit’s meetings and rallies.
Mr Odinga has been the de facto leader of the Luo community for the last three decades and Jalang’o decision to say he wishes to contest for the presidency could further widen the two politician’s differences.
President Ruto’s formally joined politics in 1992 when he went against the advice of then President Daniel Moi (now deceased) to successfully contest for the Eldoret North constituency seat on a Kenya Africa National Union (KANU) ticket.
He defeated Mr Reueben Chesire who incidentally was Moi’s cousin.
Fast forward in 2013 President Ruto was voted in as Deputy President. He was re-elected in 2017.
And in 2022, against all odds, Ruto was elected the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya and defeated Mr Raila Odinga by just over 200,000 votes. Mr Odinga had the backing of the then-sitting president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Jalang’o has also publicly announced that he will not join in on demonstrations called by Mr Odinga.