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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,27TH JULY 2018- Ochilo Ayacko has been handed a direct ticket by ODM to fly its flag for the October 8 Migori Senate by-election.
Ayacko was picked out of eight candidates on Friday as the party opted not to use universal suffrage.
In a statement, National Election Board chair Judy Pareno said: “As per the party rules, the board has settled on Ayacko as ODM candidate for the Migori senatorial seat.”
The party cited financial and time constraints in explaining the decision to give the politician the direct ticket.
The seat fell vacant after former Senator Ben Oluoch succumbed to throat cancer on June 19.
Ayacko landed the nomination hours after the Court of Appeal in Kisumu threw out a petition he had filed against Migori governor Okoth Obado who beat him in the August 8, 2017 general election.
In a judgment read by Stephen Gatembu, Ayacko was slapped with a Sh4.5 million fine. The court said there was no sufficient evidence to prove allegations of irregularities and bribery.
Ayacko will however meet tough challenge a head as the race also has seven other candidates who have vowed to be on the ballot, despite missing the ODM ticket.
neral election. It will be easy to defeat him,” Makasembo said.
On his social media page, Ayacko said he was grateful to party leader Raila Odinga and the people of Migori.
“Let us move Migori forward without bitterness. My worthy competitors, thanks for your fair play,” Ayacko said.
During Oluoch’s burial on July 6, Raila pushed for Ayacko and Obado to bury the hatchet and saw the politicians ‘shake hands’.
Ayacko turned down President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nominations for the Salaries and Remuneration Commission chair and and an ambassadorial post.