ODM leader Raila Odinga hands over a nomination certificate to Turkana governor Josephat Nanok
BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,3RD APRIL 2017-Seven sitting governors are among the luckiest politicians in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) part who have been given direct nomination certificates. Others are aspiring , MPs and MCA’s who were handed the certificates at a ceremony held at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi Monday 3RD April 2017.The event was presided over by ODM leader Raila Odinga .
The governors, senators, MPs, Women representatives who have no challengers were given the certficates will now not participate in the party primaries expected to kick off on Friday 7th April 2017. The ODM National Election Board (NEB) selected the candidates without challengers to receive the certificates.Some of the members of parliament who were given the ticket are in for tight competition with a number of rivals in lined up to face the during the elections.Some of them include Emuhaya MP Wilbur Otichillo was given the ticket to unseat Governor Moses Akaranga who will be defending his post on a Progressive party of Kenya ticket while former Kanduyi MP Alfred Kang’ati will be seeking to over through the current Bungoma governor Kenneth Lusaka.
Kathee Gwa Kathee got the party’s goodwill to run against Governor Samwel Ragwa in Tharaka Nithi county while Joseph Tiampati Ole Musun will try his guns on vocal Jubilee governor – Samuel Ole Tunai – in Narok County.
Homa Bay County women representative Gladys Wanga was also sanctioned to defend her seat on ODM ticket.
ODM leader Raila Odinga waves at the party members after arriving at the Bomas of Kenya.
Former Kenyan envoy to the UN Habitats Sam Ong’eri, who ditched the ruling Jubilee Party for the opposition party, got nod to run for Kisii County senatorial seat.
The seat is current held by Chris Obure who changed camps from ODM to Jubilee Party aiming to use the ruling party ticket to unseat Governor James Ongwae.