As Jubilee and Nasa brigades continue to conduct serious campaigns across the country, political realignments are being witnessed with defection from Jubilee to Nasa and vice-versa. Former ODM chairman Henry Kosgey is planning to defect to Nasa blaming deputy president William Ruto for rigging him out in the Nandi Jubilee gubernatorial nominations.
He is silently backing ODM presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
Apart from Kosgey, others said to be rooting for Nasa are former Jubilee Party director and URP chief executive officer David Koech, Chesumei MP Elijah Lagat, former MPs Peris Simam, Eldoret South, Stephen Tarus, Emgwen, Jesse Maiz, Eldoret South, John Cheruiyot, Aldai, and a former Kenya Tourism Board director Judith Koskei who now say they will rally behind Nasa and its presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
Joseph Misoi, former MP for Eldoret South is key in Raila campaigns and is likely to land a cabinet slot if Raila wins.
Tarus, a former Kenyan ambassador to Australia, will also land a plum parastatal slot.
Back to Henry Kosgey, he lost the nominations that won by Senator Stephen Sang who garnered 85,971 votes against Henry Kosgey’s 41,084, who came in second while former Agriculture CS Felix Koskei was third with 26,641 votes, with the incumbent Lagat getting 26,119. Kosgey’s son, Alex Kosgey, however, successfully defended his Tinderet seat on Jubilee ticket while the other son Allan lost in Kesses constituency on Jubilee ticket. It is said the DP has never been at home with the Kosgey family.
Former Roads minister Franklin Bett is also said to be silently in support of Nasa although he is reportedly as having quit active politics. Bett lost to Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot during Jubilee primaries. Cheruiyot won despite stiff challenge from Bett and former Tea Research Institute board chairman Sammy Chepkwony who emerged second and third respectively.