- ODM explained that it reached the decision to nominate Mr Ayacko directly due to lack of resources and time to conduct nominations.
- Also upset with the party’s decision was Mr Mark Okundi, the nephew of the late senator Ben Oluoch Okello.
The stage is set for yet another showdown in the battle to clinch the vacant Migori senatorial seat after Governor Okoth Obado rejected the nomination of his political nemesis, Ochillo Ayacko, by the ODM top organ on Thursday.
Addressing his supporters in Migori Town after the Court of Appeal upheld his election victory which had been challenged by Mr Ayacko, Mr Obado said he did not recognize his rival’s nomination to fly the ODM flag, falling short of declaring that he would support another candidate during the by-election.
He urged residents to ignore the party’s choice and support a candidate of their choice.
“I cannot support a boardroom decision made by a few people in Nairobi,” Mr Obado said while addressing his supporters in Migori Town.
Mr Ayacko’s nomination was also opposed by former Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno, who expressed dissatisfaction with the party’s decision and vowed to remain in the race.
“I totally disagree with the party. I am still in the race and will run as an independent candidate,” Mr Otieno said.
Also upset with the party’s decision was Mr Mark Okundi, the nephew of the late senator Ben Oluoch Okello.