- He specifically addressed Migori Governor Okoth Obado, saying he had the right to disagree with the party, but should, in the end, back its choice.
- Mr Obado had opposed the manner in which Mr Ayacko, who ran against him in a bitter gubernatorial contest in 2017, was handed the ticket.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday stepped in to manage disquiet over the party’s move to handpick Ochillo Ayacko to carry its flag in the October 8 Migori Senate by-election.
This is after he convinced five ex-ODM candidates to back Mr Ayacko for the seat left vacant following the death of Mr Ben Oluoch Okello.
Those that agreed to back Mr Ayacko are former Migori MP John Dache Pesa, former Nyatike MP Omondi Anyanga, Mr Eddy Okech, as well as the late senator’s son Mr Willis Oluoch, and his cousin, Mr Mark Okundi.
Mr Odinga told those disgruntled with the party’s choice of Mr Ayacko to feel free to express their discontent, but using the right channels.