"The governor is so strong on the ground and he is backing one candidate against the flow of the current that is ODM at the moment.

"Don’t you think it is possible for him to be hammered so that he can be out of the way? Don’t you think it’s possible to make him look bad and lose ground a bit?” Mr Ombeta posed.

In the interview, the governor said he has not been called upon to record any statement with the police.

“If the police call him and if he is given a chance to answer these questions, he will answer them. In the meantime, he has a right either to keep quiet or use his representatives to answer some of the questions.

"But let them not call him because of allegations and people speaking in political rallies and funeral homes. Let them call him because there is evidence that links them to this crime, not for him to come and fill the gaps that the police have been unable to find.

"At the end of the day, he will be vindicated because this is a matter that has no facts. It has only political overtones,” the lawyer said.

ODUOR ESCAPES

Mr Obado also denied knowing Nation journalist Barrack Oduor.

Ms Otieno was abducted along with Mr Oduor but the latter said he managed to fight his way out of the kidnappers’ vehicle.

In the process, he sustained injuries and was treated at Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu and discharged.

Mr Oduor had said he was introduced to Governor Obado by an MP from the region. The MP has turned out to be National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi who has confirmed having introduced the journalist to the governor.

But Governor Obado maintains he does not know Mr Oduor.

“His position is that he doesn’t have an idea how all these things have happened, he does not know the journalist and has not done anything with him and all these stories have been cooked up,” his lawyer said.

So far, only Mr Obado’s personal aide, Mr Oyamo, has been arrested and remains in police custody.

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