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I’ll be on the ballot in Busia gubernatorial race, declares Otuoma

Addressing a public rally in Busia town, Otuoma gave the strongest indication yet of quitting ODM if denied the nomination/FILE

BUSIA, Kenya, Apr 19 – Embattled Funyula MP Paul Otuoma has vowed his name will on the ballot in the August 8 General Election to unseat Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, days after ODM nullified his unprecedented victory in the party primaries.

Addressing a public rally in Busia town, Otuoma gave the strongest indication yet of quitting ODM if denied the nomination.

He used the Bible story where King Solomon was hearing a case involving two women who were fighting over a baby, to suggest he would not contest any other exercise organised by ODM.

“Let it not go down in history that Otuoma is the one who divided ODM in Busia because Busia was the most orange county followed by Homa Bay. That is why I have decided at the point we have gotten to, let him (Ojaamong) have the baby and let’s see how he is going to bring it up. Because God has kept as well, we can still give birth to another baby and nurture it but it is still affiliated to Baba (ODM Leader Raila Odinga) and so that we can work together,” he said amid cheers.

This comes days after the ODM National Election Board ordered a repeat poll in two constituencies whose results were contested during last Friday’s party nominations.

The Funyula MP vowed to boycott the exercise insisting that repeating the nomination would be rewarding Ojaamong, ‘who should be punished for the rigging claims in his strongholds’.

“I am now requesting that you give me the authority to go and prepare myself and I will return so that we can formally unveil our vehicle here as we take our certificate to the IEBC,” the Funyula MP stated.

Otuoma took a mock oath as his supporters cheered on.

He disputed the outcome of the nomination exercise after Ojaamong emerged victorious in the nominations held last Thursday with 92,358 votes against his 63,752 votes.

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ODM Secretary General Agnes Zani on Tuesday said the internal party organs had intervened and called on the two to embrace negotiations to chat the way forward and sought the war of words that is now threatening the split the orange party support in the border county.

Zani’s statement came only hours before the reports emerged that Governor Ojaamong and Otuoma had held a meeting Odinga in a bid to find an amicable solution to the dispute and forestall a fallout from within the party ranks.


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