Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba has denied claims made by Deputy President William Ruto that he will join the ruling Jubilee coalition.
Mr Namwamba also denied allegations that he had been paid to join the Jubilee party.
“I am not joining Jubilee. I have no time for them,” said Mr Namwamba who recently resigned from his position as the Orange Democratic Movement secretary-general.
“I am priceless. I cannot be bought. That is hogwash and a tired narrative aimed at maligning my name and the great Mulembe nation. This is always what rivals say when we have a different opinion from theirs,” he told journalists at his Lwecheche beach home in Budalang’i.
Speaking in Kericho on Friday, Mr Ruto claimed credit for the ongoing rebellion in ODM and hinted that Mr Namwamba was heading to the Jubilee coalition.
The DP said his aggressive campaign to seduce the populous western region that backed Mr Odinga in the last election had started bearing fruit.
So far, he has made several trips to western Kenya where he has been asking residents to abandon the ODM party.
He also hosted a group of Luhyia politicians and grassroots leaders at his Sugoi home in December.