Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos has declared he will not support Deputy President William Ruto’s quest to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
The governor dismissed political debate about 2022 as immature, saying he will not be swayed by what he termed euphoria.
“As Jubilee government, we should be concerned about fulfilling the promises we made to Kenyans during the 2017 campaigns other than focusing on immature ambitions,” he said.
The county chief said he speaks his mind and no amount of threats will cow him.
“If you know that it is automatic to succeed President Kenyatta, what is all the hullabaloo about 2022?” said Tolgos.
Tolgos is among top Rift Valley politicians who had not made their political stand clear on who to support between Deputy President William Ruto and Senator Gideon Moi.
Ruto and Moi are eyeing the presidential seat in 2022 and are battling to control the Rift Valley votes.
Chances are now high that Governor Tolgos could find himself in Senator Gideon Moi camp owing to the fact that he has been largely associating with Tiaty MP Kamket who is a close confidant of KANU Chairman.
Last week Tolgos was appointed by President Uhuru Kenya to head Rift Valley BBI secretariat in a meeting that was held in Mombasa.
Addressing members of the press on Friday, Tolgos issued a condition to DP Ruto allies if they want to be part of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meetings.
Tolgos said that those who want to join the BBI bandwagon must, as a matter of course, respect President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga.
“Any leader who shows disrespect to the president and the Prime Minister Raila Odinga, I do not believe that that leader should be allowed into the the BBI. If they are coming we will have to gauge their behaviour and they will first have to respect those two leaders.” said Tolgos.