In Summary
  • On Sunday, Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, also the Orange party’s director of elections, said the party will mount vigorous campaigns in the Migori’s eight sub counties.

  • The Raila Odinga-led party last Friday handed Mr Ayacko, out of eight candidates who had applied, a direct ticket to go for the seat in the October 8 by-election.

  • Suna West MP Peter Masara and Migori Woman Representative Pamela Odhiambo urged ODM politicians to respect the party and rally behind Mr Ochillo.

ODM officials have threatened to take disciplinary action against Migori Governor Okoth Obado for opposing the party's decision to directly nominate former cabinet minister Ochillo Ayacko as its candidate for the vacant Senate seat.

The move comes as the party announced that it will lay out an elaborate campaign machinery to recapture the seat left vacant by the death of former Senator Ben Oluoch-Okello two months ago.

This follows reports that at least four candidates, who unsuccessfully sought the Orange ticket, had expressed the desire to either seek the seat as independent candidates or move to other parties altogether.

On Sunday, Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, also the Orange party’s director of elections, said the party will mount vigorous campaigns in the Migori’s eight sub counties.

“This is an ODM zone and if anybody thinks he can outsmart us, he will be shocked,” he said.

CAMPAIGN TEAMS

Sources indicated that the party is set to form at least five different campaign teams, to be led by MPs, that will pitch camp in different areas to seek votes.

And the political dynamics in the cosmopolitan county is informing some of the campaign plans, with different messages being put up for different regions. Migori has the Luo, Luhya, Kuria and Somali communities in sizeable numbers.

The Raila Odinga-led party last Friday handed Mr Ayacko, out of eight candidates who had applied, a direct ticket to go for the seat in the October 8 by-election.

This occurred only hours after Ayacko’s election petition at the Kisumu Court of Appeal, against Obado’s win was thrown out with Sh4.5 million costs on him.

But the decision was opposed by Mr Obado, who further called on residents to reject the candidate as he was being ‘forced onto the electorate’ by a clique of individuals from Nairobi.

However, speaking during a fundraiser in Suna West, Mr Mohamed and director of political affairs Opiyo Wandayi, slammed the governor, calling him a traitor.

TRAITOR

"We will not accept traitors in the party. It cannot be that you are happy when you are given an ODM ticket to run for office but you get angry when someone else is given," said Mr Mohamed.

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