Migori Governor, Okoth Obado/FILE
BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,2ND MAY 2017-Migori Governor, Okoth Obado, is a happy man after the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) National Election Board (NEB) approved his nomination to fly the party’s flag in the county’s gubernatorial race.
The nomination results were withheld after Obado’s rival, Ochilo Ayacko, contested the primaries outcome citing mishandling of the exercise that was marred by massive electoral irregularities, prompting NEB to select a three-man team that would be sent to Migori to investigate and ascertain the claims.
In a press statement, NEB Chairperson, Judith Pareno, said that the report by the team recommended the upholding of the initial results that had declared Mr Obado the winner.
Governor Okoth Obado was declared winner by County Returning Officer, Samson Olala after garnering 110,142 votes against Ayacko’s 59,449 votes.
It was also a reprieve to Mr Fredrick Ogega after the board reversed the nomination of his rival, Tim Odege, as the candidate for Nyatike Parliamentary seat. The decision was arrived at after a team went through the official results by the returning officer.
It is now official that Suna West Lawmaker will fly ODM’s flag in the coming August poll after the board approved his win too.
This comes even as all those who were nominated on the ODM party ticket in the just concluded primaries have been ordered to pick their certificates starting today Tuesday, May 2 2017.