, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 14 – Supporters of Funyula MP Paul Otuoma went on the streets of Busia town to protest the announcement of Busia county Governor Sospeter Ojaamong as the ultimate winner of the ODM party primaries conducted Thursday.
“No Otuoma no Raila” rented the air as supporters alongside Otuoma marched through the border town.
The MP, who is seeking to challenge the governor in the August polls, rejected the outcome and alleged massive rigging to give Ojaamong outright win.
Tension remains high in the town as heavy security deployed to man the party nominations standby for any eventuality.
“I have rejected the votes’ outcome in totality; I will petition the ODM elections board to reject the poll outcome. The figures giving Ojaamong the win are cooked and fabricated,” said Otuoma.
County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong emerged the winner with 92,358 votes ahead of Otuoma who garnered 63,752 votes.
What Otuoma is disputing is the high turnout of voters in the two constituencies of Teso North and Teso South, the strongholds of the incumbent.
Earlier, allegations had erupted claiming that Otuoma had defected to the Jubilee Party after leaflets distributed in Busia indicated so. Otuoma, however, shut down the claims, terming them as desperate sideshows.