The UDA party has suffered a major blow in Narok after a host of its key supporters defected from the party to join the Azimio la Umoja team.
Mara ward Member of County Assembly (MCA) Kipapa Kirrokor and his Maji Moto counterpart Stephen Kudate led their supporters to the AZIMIO team where they pledged allegiance to the ODM gubernatorial aspirant Moitalel Ole Kenta.
The move comes barely days after the Deputy President William Ruto unveiled former Labour CAS Patrick Ntutu as the UDA gubernatorial aspirants after two aspirants, Soipan Kudate and Gabriel Tongoyo stepped down in his favour.
Kirrokor alias Joho, who is vying for the Narok West seat said he will lead his team to move from village to village, house to house to sell the AZIMIO narrative.
Ole Kudate on his part said he followed the will of his supporters who have been pushing him to join the AZIMIO team alleging it was more popular in the county.
The MCA who is vying for the Narok South MP seat said he will leave no stone unturned until he delivers more votes for the AZIMIO team.
Another defector Peter Cheborge who defected from UDA to Jubilee said he will also be vying for Narok West MP seat.
The defectors alleged that the UDA party lack democracy and transparency, hence the reason for their walking out. The defectors were received by the new Jubilee Party Vice Chairman Peter Mositet who described the AZIMIO team as a strong party that will win in the coming elections.
The Jubilee official reiterated that the ODM/Jubilee coalition will form the next government and that the Maasai community would not afford to be in opposition.
Ole Kenta, who is also the incumbent Narok North MP while welcoming the defectors into his campaign team criticised the deputy president for what he alleged as handpicking his favourite candidates.
Also present was Kilgoris MP Gideon Konchella, who is vying for the Senatorial seat under the Azimio la Umoja umbrella.
Konchella said the Maa community has welcomed all other communities to live in their midst but warned them to respect the community’s rights of choosing the leader of their choice.
It is now clear that in Narok County, the governorship battle is a two horse race between the AZIMIO team with Ole Kenta and the UDA team with Ole Ntutu.
Ole Ntutu enjoys support from the incumbent governor Samuel Ole Tunai and a host of MCAs.