, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has cleared eight governors to run in the upcoming General Election unopposed.
Nairobi governor Evan Kidero, Mombasa’s Hassan Joho, Kilifi’s Amason Kingi and Kakamega’s Wycliffe Oparanya are among incumbent governors who were given nomination certificates at a party function held at the Bomas of Kenya Monday.
Others are Turkana’s Josphat Nanok, Kisii’s James Ongwae, Wajir’s Ahmed Abdullahi and Kajiado’s David Nkedianye.
The party has also awarded nomination certificates to eight aspirants most of who will defend the ODM’s quest to maintain gubernatorial positions in counties where its governors have defected to the Jubilee Party.
In Marsabit County Ibrahim Wario will face incumbent Ukur Yattani who recently defected to the Jubilee Party.
In Bungoma, Ken Lusaka who shifted allegiance to JP will face Alfred Khangati while Lamu’s Issa Timamy will square it out with new ODM lieutenant in the coastal county Abdalla Fadhil.
In Samburu, Simeon Lesirma has been handed the party’s nomination to face Moses Lenolkulal.
Wilber Ottichilo has been cleared to vie in Vihiga County where he will be contesting against Moses Akaranga.
Others given the green light by the party are Kathee Kathee (Tharaka-Nithi) and Joseph Musum (Narok).
More than 80 Orange Democratic Movement party aspirants have been given direct nominations for various seats across the country including Senators, MPs and Woman Representative.
Speaking during the handover ceremony at Bomas, party leader Raila Odinga challenged the aspirants to be ambassadors of the party and ensure that nominations are conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner.
“Help us ensure that we have credible nominations. Let us ensure that we ran honest campaigns,” he said.
Other ODM stalwarts who were handed nomination papers include Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga who is the party’s local chairperson.
The Monday meeting was also attended by leaders of various organs of the party including National Elections Board Chairperson Judith Pareno.